Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Gassed: John Singer Sargent's canvas from the WWI battlefield
We are talking a lot about poison gas these days. The original canvas is 6.5 meters long. Sargent brought to the suffering of these soldiers all the marvelous skills he used to paint grandes dames and distinguished gentlemen. It is an extraordinary testament to the suffering caused, specifically, by mustard gas in WWI. It is normally at the Imperial War Museum in London, but is currently traveling to different showings in the United States. It just ended its run in Philadelphia.
This is a fascinating blog item about the background of the painting: