Sir George Clausen: Youth Mourning

Sir George Clausen: Youth Mourning
IWM ART 4655

Clausen was an established Royal Academician when he painted Youth Mourning in 1916 at the age of 64. It represents his personal reaction to the loss of a generation of young British soldiers during the conflict, and particularly to the death his daughter Katharine’s fiancé.

Youth, represented as a vulnerable young woman, mourns the death of her love, and by extension, the deaths of all young soldiers. In the distance are the flooded battlefield craters. This allegorical work combines traditional classicism and Christian symbolism with the stark landscape of the Western Front. The painting is on display at Imperial War Museum London.

This item will be on display in In Memoriam from 30 September 2008.

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