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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: No man's land.

Caption:
No man's land.
Artist:
Orpen, William
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Lithographic Reproduction
Author:
Orpen, William
Title of Publication:
An onlooker in France
Publisher:
Williams and Norgate
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1921
Curator Comment:
'An onlooker in France' contains monochrome reproductions but the original images were mostly produced using some degree of colour. In neither the text nor the images did Orpen shrink from evoking the horror and brutality of trench warfare.
Note on artwork:
From a low level and close up, the gruesome aftermath of battle is shown. On the disturbed landscape Orpen depicts a shattered corpse: a boot with a stump of leg protruding, fragments of uniform and a skull. The illustration appears in Ch.2, soon after a description of the Somme in April 1917 which had not yet been 'cleaned up'.
References:
ODNB online; DIB online; Grove Art online


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