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Painting by Hs Power, artillery and horses at Ypres, WW1

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Painting by Hs Power, artillery and horses at Ypres, WW1

Painting by the Australian war artist Harold Septimus Power (1877-1971), showing artillery going into action before the Battle of Ypres, with soldiers on horseback pulling heavy artillery across a field, and others loading a field gun. Power specialised in depicting horses on the battlefield. Date: 31 July 1917

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Action Artillery Australian Battle Field Cavalry Gunner Gunners Guns Harold Heavy Horse Back Loading Power Pulling Septimus Visual Ypres Weapons


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This evocative painting by Australian war artist Harold Septimus Power captures the intensity and chaos of the Battle of Ypres during World War I. Painted on July 31, 1917, the scene depicts artillery going into action before the battle, with soldiers on horseback pulling heavy artillery across a muddy field and others loading a field gun. The horses, a specialty of Power's, are depicted in all their strength and determination, their eyes filled with a sense of purpose as they strain against the ropes that bind them to the artillery. Power's use of color and light creates a visual tension that underscores the urgency of the moment. The sky above is a mix of ominous clouds and patches of sunlight, casting long shadows over the battlefield. The soldiers, dressed in their heavy uniforms, are focused on their tasks, their faces etched with determination and resolve. The Battle of Ypres was one of the most significant engagements of World War I, and Power's painting offers a powerful and poignant glimpse into the lives of the soldiers who fought there. The horses, in particular, are a poignant reminder of the vital role they played in the war effort, and the sacrifices they made in the service of their human companions. Power's painting is a testament to the courage and resilience of the soldiers who fought in the trenches of World War I, and a reminder of the importance of preserving the visual history of this pivotal moment in human history.

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