Goodbye Old Man - Soldier and dying horse during WWI
This striking image of a soldier bidding farewell to his fatally injured horse is in the Board Room at Victoria Hospital, London. It was commissioned by the Blue Cross in 1916 to raise money to help horses on active service.
The artist is Fortunino Matania and it is one of his most famous war-time illustrations. Fortunino Matania (1881 - 1963) was born in Naples.
One of the most accomplished illustrators and artists of his time, his wartime work was immensely popular and appeared in nearly every major news magazine, Allied, neutral and Central Powers alike.
During and after the war, his work adorned many a history book. During the 1st World War Matania mainly worked for the British magazine The Sphere as their star illustrator, usually producing one full page illustration or more per weekly issue.
These illustrations were sold to other magazines and publications worldwide. Literally tens of millions of readers saw war time events through the medium of Matania's weekly illustrations and as such he played an important role in defining people's mental image of what Great War battlefield scenes and soldiers looked like.
He was also employed by the British government and commissioned by individual British regiments. He visited the front several times which allowed him to view wartime conditions at first hand and talk with soldiers about their experiences. From sketches and memory he could then finish a painting, often within a few days.
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Creation Date: 2nd October 2007
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