David B. Milne

Courcelette from the Cemetery

26 July 1919
In this sketch, Milne captures the commune of Courcelette, near Amiens. The village itself is barely visible on the horizon, dwarfed in size and significance by the Canadian cemetery that occupies most of the artwork. Sent to France to paint after Armistice was declared, Milne documented not only the stillness of war’s aftermath on the ravaged landscape, but also the human cost of the war.
Title
Courcelette from the Cemetery
Date
26 July 1919
Medium
Drawing
Materials
watercolour over graphite on wove paper
Dimensions
35.4 x 50.6 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921
Accession number
8478