Sir William Orpen ‘Zonnebeke’, 1918 The Imperial War Museum. Moving on from the French revolution, I decided to focus on the conflict in the First World War. Orpen's painting is different to conventional war paintings as he portrays a silent battlefield and creates quite an eerie atmosphere. The conflict here is not physical, instead it is presented in the aftermath of war .

Sir William Orpen: Zonnebeke - 1918 One of the paintings he did as a war artist.

A Man with a Cigarette ~ William Orpen, 1917 ~ A gaunt, shell-shocked and wounded British soldier stands in a trench, smoking a cigarette. He has a jacket and shirt draped over his shoulders covering his right arm, a tin helmet, and a bandage on his leg.

William Orpen, A Man with a Cigarette, 1917 - a gaunt, shell-shocked and wounded British soldier stands in a trench, smoking a cigarette

A Man with a Cigarette ~ William Orpen, 1917  ~ A gaunt, shell-shocked and wounded British soldier stands in a trench, smoking a cigarette. He has a jacket and shirt draped over his shoulders covering his right arm, a tin helmet, and a bandage on his leg.

William Orpen, A Man with a Cigarette, 1917 - a gaunt, shell-shocked and wounded British soldier stands in a trench, smoking a cigarette

Thiepval Wood, 1917, William Orpen.

Thiepval Wood by William Newenham Montague Orpen (Fine Art Framed Giclee William Newenham Montague Orpen)

The Receiving Room: the 42nd Stationary Hospital, William Orpen, 1917

Rarely seen photos and paintings from World War One to go on display

The Receiving Room: the Stationary Hospital, William Orpen, 1917

"Blown Up" by: Orpen, William 1917  ~  A full length depiction of a soldier, seemingly shell-shocked, standing in front of the edge of a dugout. It seems that his clothes have literally been blown away from his body, for he is naked but for a scrap of blanket across his hips, his boots...

William Orpen: Blown Up. Perhaps the forerunner for the soldiers painted out of…


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