“Their Name Liveth For Evermore”
The Battle of Vimy Ridge was the defining moment when Canada became a nation. It has become a powerful symbol of Canadian identity but at a devastating cost, as there were 10,602 casualties with 3,598 killed and 7,004 wounded.
The allegorical figure of “Mourning” is represented by a young female figure. She is “Canada”, holding a branch of 11 maple leaves, as the dominion of Canada was made up of 9 provinces and 2 territories at the time. Soldiers from all corners of our country fought in WWI. In deep sorrow, she drapes herself over the tomb that reads,
“Their Name Liveth For Evermore” and a Maple Leaf is engraved below.
The battle scene in the background illustrates the Canadian soldiers advancing towards the ridge across a “no-mans” land of barbed wire entanglement and a creeping barrage (which involved artillery fire moving forward in stages just ahead of the advancing infantry).
The 4 ghosted figures of the soldiers at the sides of this composition represent the 4 Divisions that made up the Canadian Corps. The soldier standing on the far left represents the “Survivor”; it is he who survived the war and contemplates upon the centre medallion picturing the Vimy Monument. Beside him, kneels a soldier representing the “Wounded”.On the far right side, on the ground, is a soldier who was killed in battle. He is the “Fallen”. Above him is the stalwart “Soldier” in battle, depicting courage as he leads his troops forward into battle.
Surrounding the composition, is a faux stone matt replicating that of a stone monument.
Artwork was created in 2017.
Print size 11"x14" is an open edition and is printed on watercolour paper using archival inks.
Print size 16"x20" is printed on fine art paper using archival inks and is a limited edition of 100.
These prints and the accompanied certificate of authenticity are signed by the artist. Included is a 5"x7" postcard (may not be of the same image). Prints are shipped flat.