Sunday, March 23, 2014

Great War in Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery














The Great War in Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.

Rather too crowded.

Painting of Siegfried Sassoon, the equine profile emerging from the surrounding browns and greys.

An RAMC Stretcher Bearer by Gilbert Rogers - an ordinary man given heroic treatment.

Gassed and Wounded by Eric Kennington - the injured soldiers lying together intimately.

Major JB McCudden by William Orpen - impressionistic fresh face, the eyes cooly unimpressed.

General Sir Herbert C. O. Plummer by William Orpen - boiled face, imperial moustache, terse air of practicality.

A room with portraits of three emperors - the British King-Emperor in red, the German All Highest in black, the Austro-Hungarian KuK Emperor in white.

In the wall of photographs some of the faces (Albert Ball for instance) looked completely modern.


http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/firstworldwarcentenary/exhibition.php

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