The Men, 2012. Oil on linen; 28 x 36 cm

This fragment of a monument in Yvoire, France honours for the town’s men who died as soldiers in World War I between 1917-18. Although the soldier depicted is French, he represents all soldiers that lost their lives during the war years, no matter what country they were fighting for. World War I left 9 million soldiers dead and a further 15 million wounded. These huge losses led to widespread commemoration of those who had fought and died. Thousands of war memorials were erected around the world, marking a cultural shift in commemoration practice.

Available as part of the triptych The Women, the Men, the Promise

 

The Men