Saturday, September 27, 2014

Gassed - Painting by John Singer Sargeant

The painter John Singer Sargeant had been sent to the front, to France, by the British Government to do justice to the sobering horrors of conflict, and, unsurprisingly he was in several minds about an appropriate subject at first because this was not his habitual terrain. He witness the scene depicted, and the resulting painting received some mixed reviews: E M Forster thought it too heroic by half.

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