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Church of St. Martin, Ypres, from the series Ruins of War

A work made of lithograph on paper.

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  • A work made of lithograph on paper.

Date:

1919

Artist:

Frank Brangwyn
English, 1867-1956

About this artwork

The Canadian War Memorial Fund commissioned Ruins of War to commemorate significant battle sites for the Canadian military in World War I. For this six-print series, Frank Brangwyn depicted select moments in the war and shattered urban landscapes. Though a testimony to the heroism and sacrifice of Canadian soldiers, these prints also testify to the violent plague of destruction brought about by war. The 13th-century Saint Martin Cathedral was badly damaged during the war, leaving only the nave standing, as shown in the background of this image. The second battle of Ypres, Belgium, marked the first major engagement for the Canadian military in World War I. After a four-day battle consisting of multiple rounds of chlorine-gas exposure and counterattacks, Canadian soldiers successfully held their ground until British troops arrived. Barely noticeable in the foreground of this scene are soldiers pulling bodies out of the rubble. Postcard from the 1914–15 campaign, Cloth Hall and Saint Martin Cathedral, Ypres.

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Artist

Frank Brangwyn

Title

Church of St. Martin, Ypres, from the series Ruins of War

Origin

England

Date

Made 1919

Medium

Lithograph on paper

Dimensions

455 × 660 mm (image); 676 × 810 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John Jenkins

Reference Number

1923.164

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