WWI – Impressions (under construction #2 – 100 year anniversary)

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16×20 – acrylic on birch panel.

On this day in 1914, Germany declared war on France. What developed over next four years (as a result of that idiotic decision) is nothing less than the senseless slaughter of many millions.

I don’t yet know where this painting will lead, but its foundation of blood and mutilation has been laid. I hope I have the stomach to do it justice… if not, I’m going to burn it.

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9 Responses to WWI – Impressions (under construction #2 – 100 year anniversary)

  1. Sarah says:

    Please don’t burn it. It’s already a powerful piece.

    • masqua says:

      No promises, Sarah. It already carries too much emotional baggage for me. What I intend to further colour the image with has me holding back somewhat… at least for a day or two.

      As a side-note, I’ve immersed myself in learning about WWI lately and now, as the anniversary is being ‘commemorated’ by various states, I’m quite conflicted as to how the media are handling their messaging.

      As to my personal feelings, I can only feel disgust at how it all came to be in the first place. I suppose I’m less disposed towards positivity after reading Margaret McMillan’s edifying two books; ‘The War That Ended Peace’ and ‘Paris 1919’.

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