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Highway to Hell 1917 Chateau Wood near Ypres, Flanders
Painting - Oil On Canvas
This is one of my commemorative paintings for the WWI Centennial Commission as I am one of their endorsed artist partners.
"Highway to Hell" depicts soldiers gingerly making their way across a path made of wooden duckboards in Chateau Wood near Ypres, Flanders, during the battle of Passchendaele in 1917. Shelling has reduced the wood's trees to gaunt skeletons.
My wife says it is difficult to say she "loves" this painting and I understand. It is certainly not a beautiful scene. As the United States prepared to send its own soldiers to enter the war in 1917 I believe it is important to call attention to some of the drama and devastation they were going to attempt to end.
May 3rd, 2017
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