Paintings of WW1

Meggie Armstrong

Initially I see Image of comradeship and perserverance in the face of death Reality: Blinded from the mustard gas and grasping onto one another because they can't see -Lack of proper protection/care for the injured -Reality of the brutal conditions of war and the inadequte means to care for the well being of soldiers
-neutral palette of colors=grim mood -bumpy road=challenges and struggles of war -In the distance the road becomes more gray and the landscape becomes more barren showing the lifeless reality of war.
-Stark colors enhance the unsettling image -Soldier on back seems to be crying out to viewer, almost asking for help or feeling regret -Not an image of a valiant death -Questions if War is justified
-Direct reference to "Paths of Glory" poem -Painting was censored but Nevinson showed it anyways with censored strip on it showing that the reality of war is hidden -Created controversy and made people question the war
-The train=reminder that life moves on/fight is not over. Honoring death and soldiers seem to have died for a noble cause. -For me deaths seem to be just as routine as the steam engine passing and amount only to a portion of the trip just like the crosses are only a small number of all the lives that were lost.
-The soldiers posture is really unsettling as their hunched shoulders suggest that they aren't as afraid as they are hopeless as they seem certain that they won't survive. -Use of crisp bold colors makes the image startling and sharp to show the certainty of death
-Women given opportunities to work -Work still generally revolved around war aid, in this case creating canteens -Women painted in soft colors and strokes but expressions contrast and seem more confident, a shift in gender roles as woman become more independent as they have the freedom to provide for themselves -War work increased support for women's suffrage
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