Shell Holes and Wire at the Old German Line on Vimy Ridge, 12-13 June 1919
David B. Milne
watercolour on wove paper
35.4 x 50.7 cm
Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921
National Gallery of Canada (no. 8458)
Milne's depiction of the training trenches at Bramshott appears tame and ordered beside his image of the actual battleground of Vimy Ridge. In the latter work, there is an increased use of bare white paper combined dramatically with black to heighten the quality of other colours. The greater use of a dry brush creates a raw texture sympathetic to the visual chaos he found in France.