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Gassed 1919 by John singer is a large narrative realism oil painting. The painting measures 23.1.1 x 611.1 cm. This painting depicts human suffering and the after math of the mustard gas bombing during WWI. The composition of the painting includes a centralized group of eleven human size soldiers. Nine wounded soldiers, with eyes bandaged, blinded by the effect of the mustard gas walk in a line in three groups of three assisted by two medical orderlies towards a dressing station to be treated. We can see the theme of heroism prevalent in this painting although many lifeless bodies lay across the ground surrounding them they still stand up blinded by the gas they still hold on to each other as a sign of unity and brotherhood. In the background is a game of football being played by uninjured men in red and blue shirts and they seem unconcerned with the suffering going on around them. There is a hanging moon; the use of a dull yellow mixed with red for the moon causes a feeling of melancholy. I can almost imagine myself being there and experiencing their agony. "Looking at Art: John Singer Sargent’s “Gassed”." Elizabeth Lunday. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.
An Advanced Dressing Station in France by Henry Tonks during 1918 is a medium oil canvas. This painting depicts the after math of war. The composition consists of a dressing station sited by a ruined church. The scene is filled with many casualties and many soldiers being brought in stretchers. Many of the men are wounded and bandaged up; in the background the sky is filled with dark grey colors on the left side and some patches of blue on the side. This leaves the audience in a melancholy like state. You can almost feel the pain and suffering that has been inflicted on the soldiers and the grievance that they are feeling. The theme of this painting is heroism and sacrifice. This painting was influenced by renaissance painting styles. Henry Tonks was a surgeon and served with the Royal Army Medical Corps so he was chosen to depict an advanced medical dressing station. Tonks used his medical history to paint the different type of wound dressings on the soldiers. "An Advanced Dressing Station in France by HenryTonks." An Advanced Dressing Station in France by Henry Tonks on Artnet. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2014.
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