Youth Mourning

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  • Art.IWM ART 4655
Art and Popular Design
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Great Britain
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  • Support: canvas
  • medium: oil
  • Support: Height 914 mm, Width 914 mm
  • Frame: Depth 60 mm, Height 1140 mm, Width 1145 mm
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  • object category: painting

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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.


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.


G. Clausen. 1916.

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