Arts Everyday Living: The Soldier-Artist of War World I–In Honor of Veterans Day

William Orpen, Self Portrait, 1917, oil on canvas, Imperial War Museums, London, UK


Irish master William Orpen (1878-1931) had earned a reputation for his striking portraits, often of high society patrons in early twentieth century London and Dublin.  However, with the advent of World War I, Orpen became a war artist, depicting both his solider comrades such as the airman below and the carnage of the battlefields of the front.


William Orpen, Lieutenant R.T.C. Hoidge, An Airman, 1917, oil on canvas, Imperial War Museums.

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