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Gassed (1919) by John Singer Sargent, Imperial War Museum

'Gassed' (1919) by John Singer Sargent, Imperial War Museum

A BBC history trail provides some context and history to this painting and John Singer Sargent,   the American artist comissioned to paint Anglo American cooperation

The painting  is huge, silent and painful.   The soliders blinded by mustard gas walk towards the  tent for treatment.   They follow each other in a chain of  hand on the shoulder, unable to see their steps  

Chemical warfare

Before seeing this painting I had only ever known John’s witty, bright and insightful society portraits.   Carnation, lily, lily rose has decorated my home since the early 1980’s. It was one of my first loves, the warm light of the lanterns, the of the grass, linen and flowers,  the children  silently together with thier lives ahead.  The bright optimism is good company on my bedroom wall

Pain is remembrance, you cannot forget pain (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh)

The pain in ‘Gassed’ doesn’t need to hang on my wall to haunt me.   Like an old friend,   I will visit the painting again

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3 bits of lovely banter on “wall of remembrance”

  1. Scarlet writes:

    Good heavens! Carnation Lily, Lily Rose is one of my favourite paintings. I’ve seen it at the Tate – I think it’s in storage at the moment? But it glows, in real life I swear that painting glows… I want the real thing on my wall. I don’t think i’m going to get it though!



  2. kevin writes:

    A very beautiful, and powerful painting. Thanks for reminding me of it.



  3. wendy writes:

    Yes it glows!
    And reproductions simply don’t catch the glow.
    JSS’s talent with light, mood and communicative expressions on silent faces has always captivated me. Gassed is something else, in real life it rips at those over expressive tear glands of mine.
    Carnation Lily Lily Rose



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