Friday, December 6, 2019

Warfare Found On The Canvas

I start out today with two final images from Lebreton Gallery.

The ramp that leads back up to the main entrance of the museum features large canvases of war art. This is The Taking Of Vimy Ridge, Easter Monday 1917, a 1919 painting by Richard Jack, showing the Canadian battle of the First World War.

Here we have two angles on one painting. Canada's Grand Armada 1914 is a 1919 painting by Frederick Challener, depicting the First Contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force sailing for Europe in the fall of that first year of the war.

World War Two brought a different kind of art, done by the pilots or their ground crews: nose cone art put onto fighters and bombers.

Battlefields Of Ypres is a 1920 painting by David Young Cameron, depicting the shattered battlefield near the Belgian city.

And this is No Man's Land, by Maurice Cullen, done around 1920. I will be concluding this series tomorrow.


  1. I wonder how the tank looks like inside. Nice paintings.

  2. Art iSCSI often used beautifully to show the actuality of moments in history, amazing work here William 💛

  3. How different the artworks are.
    Can you explain? WWII nearly seems "funny", or "playful".

  4. Fortunately Ypres looks completely different today !

  5. I had never heard of nose cone art.

  6. Hello, wonderful paintings and exhibit. Wishing you a great day and a happy weekend!

  7. @Nancy: speaking from experience, it is cramped.

    @Grace: thank you.

    @Lady Fi: thanks!

    @Italiafinlandia: you're welcome.

    @Iris: I am not sure there is an explanation.

    @Gattina: all the better.

    @Francisco: thanks.

    @Marleen: it is common.

    @Eileen: thank you.

  8. ...war always seemed to be a strange subject for art to me.

  9. The artworks are interesting!
    I don't like tanks!

  10. and it is Friday once again!! very cool lighting from all those windows. neat art to see. ( ;

  11. I forgot …
    Out of neglect and fatigue last night I deleted a comment of yours!
    I apologize!

  12. It was just a few years after the airplane was invented that we began using them to drop bombs on each other. Without flight I wonder if there would have been a WW1 at all.

  13. Interesting art for those nose cones.

  14. It is good to see the art there. It makes one aware of what was really going on during the battles.

  15. The first painting by Richard Jack captures a lot of emotion.

  16. No Man’s Land was a part of the battle of Beaumont Hamel. I don’t know if it’s the same one.

  17. That first painting has so much going on I would like to see it in person.

  18. The nose cone art is fabulous!

  19. @Tom: and yet there's a lot of war art out there.

    @Ella: I actually do like tanks.

    @Beth: thank you.

    @Sandi: oh, there would have been a war regardless. This just added a new dimension to it.

    @DJan: that they are.

    @RedPat: it brings it to life.

    @Maywyn: it does indeed.

    @Marie: a lot of places during that war could be deemed a no man's land.

    @Sharon: I do as well.

    @Jan: I certainly agree.

    @Fun60: it is quite a painting.

    @Bill: I agree!

  20. What an interesting place to visit!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. Such interesting posts in this series, certainly a lot of history for visitors to view.

  22. A great place to spend some time looking around.

  23. The inside of a tank is a tiny place to work.

  24. It cannot be any pleasure to paint a picture of war.

  25. That nose cone art is really interesting. I don't think I've seen a display of it before.

  26. No man's land painting is so striking. And that nose cone art -- I have seen it on planes in films but seeing it as an art installation is really interesting.

  27. @Lea: thank you.

    @Gemel: there is.

    @Happyone: that it is.

    @Michelle: I've been in one once, and yes, it is cramped.

    @Joanne: no, but it can be incredibly dramatic to do so.

    @Kay: it was good that these were brought back.

    @Jeanie: it is, yes.

  28. Nice to see the nose cone art put onto the fighters and bombers.

    All the best Jan

  29. Canada's Grand Armada 1914 blends right into the wall!