Barrett created two works inspired by Sassoon's 1918 poem Attack. In these works he shows the horror of war as a mechanisation of soul and nature. The increasing prevalence of tanks on the battlefield from 1916 onwards was paralleled during the First World War with the increasing battle-hardness of the soldiers.

In his poem Sassoon records the preparations preceding an attack by the British Army on the Western Front. A deeply charged poem, Attack stands in contrast to Sassoon's more reflective poems where the hardness of actual battle is foreshadowed rather than recounted directly.


  • Title: Attack no. 1
  • Creator: Craig Barrett
  • Date: 2005
  • Series: Everyman, 2005
  • Physical Dimensions: 90.0 x 150.0 cm
  • Image credit: Photograph: Jeremy Dillon © Craig Barrett
  • Exhibition: Melbourne, Australia
  • Provenance: Gift of the artist, 2005
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Copyright Craig Barrett
  • External Link: Shrine of Remembrance
  • Medium: oil stick, pigment and PVA on calico

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