Monday, January 12, 2015

Wartime Art For Monday Mystery...!

This is the kind of mystery we would all like to find the answer to. At least I would.

Not many good and pretty things come out of war, but occasionally something does. This story from Listverse is one such instance.

Who Was the Artist JM?

In a time before photojournalism was widespread, soldiers’ artwork was one of the only true depictions of life on the front line. Recently, professors at the University of Victoria in Canada found an incredible book of World War I sketches—and they have no idea who created them.

Aside from his amazing talent, little is known about the mysterious artist. The work is on the stationery of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and signed with the initials “J.M.” The artist was probably based in France and/or Belgium between 1917 and 1918. Some of the art is inscribed to his daughter, Adele. He survived the war, as one of the pieces is dated 1920.

There are two books of sketches, done in pen and ink as well as in watercolor. They’re a breathtakingly beautiful look at not only war, but into the mind of a soul trapped in the middle of it. Devils and skeletons dance around a king wearing a crown, terrified horses flee from dropping bombs and die from gas poured into the trenches. He illustrates towns destroyed by conflict—the eerie, peaceful images of graves, exhausted nurses, and smoking rubble.

The university is still hopeful that they’re going to find the mysterious, talented artist who created this very, very personal look into the horrors of war.

One can only hope that the artist lived long enough to produce many more pictures, maybe some with other inspirations than the bleak and dreary backdrop of war.

Coffee in the kitchen again this morning. Cold and rainy out on the patio.


Gorges Smythe said...


linda m said...

That is very interesting. I do hope that someday they find out who he was and find more paintings by him. A little warmer here today but still cold, so coffee in the kitchen sounds good. I'll bring a kringle.

Chickenmom said...

At least he survived. Maybe the daughter or her family will come forward with more information.
Sleeting here - everything is covered in ice. Send some of that nice warmth up here to Joisey!

Mamahen said...

I too hope JM is identified and more works by him age here cozy kitchen is just the ticket n a kringle :))

Dizzy-Dick said...

Maybe he is more tricky than we think. Maybe the initials, J.M. means "Just Me". (grin)

HermitJim said...

Hey Gorges...
I kinda thought so myself!

Thanks for stopping by this morning!

Hey Linda...
It may be that they will never find out for sure who he was, but you never know!

Thanks for coming over today!

Hey Phyllis...
I'm thinking that his family may not know about the impact his art work had on folks.

Cold here but no ice! That's a good thing.

Thanks for coming over this morning!

Hey Dizzy...
That's a very real possibility. I never thought about it, to be honest!

Thanks for the visit today!

JO said...

I would love to see the rest of his works. Sure hope they find his family.

Been having internet problems today lots of rain since late last night now sunny.