Youth Mourning

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Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM ART 4655
Display status
IWM London
Production date
1916
Place made
Great Britain
Subject period
Materials
  • medium: oil
  • support: canvas
Dimensions
  • Support: Height 914 mm
  • Support: Width 914 mm
  • Frame: Height 1140 mm
  • frame: Width 1145 mm
  • frame: Depth 60 mm
Alternative Names
  • object category: painting
Creator
Category
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Object description

image: A naked young woman, personifying Youth, kneels in a grief-stricken attitude before a wooden cross marking a grave. In the distance are the flooded craters of a battlefield.

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Youth Mourning is a return to his early style of painting. The painting is a response to the horrors of the First World War and, in particular, the death of Clausen’s own daughter’s fiancé. He uses the nakedness of the figure and the starkness of the barren landscape to emphasise the grief and emptiness of death.

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G. Clausen. 1916.

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