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.