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  • Art.IWM ART LD 4515
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  • Support: canvas
  • medium: oil
  • Support: Height 990 mm, Width 1701 mm
  • Frame: Depth 55 mm, Height 1220 mm, Width 1943 mm
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  • object category: painting

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image: A view of the remains of an Italian village with soldiers and civilians moving around the ruins of the bombed houses and church.


Henry Carr painted this while he was an official war artist with the allied invasion force in Italy during the Second World War. The work is an ambitious attempt to make a universal representation of war. Carr had already lost his house and studio in the bombing raids over London. He depicts a world of fragmented architecture and disorientated ‘liberated’ citizens. Soldiers however are calm and disinterested amongst the chaos.

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War Artists Advisory Committee commission



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