David Bomberg

Sappers at Work: A Canadian Tunnelling Company

1919
Sappers dug the tunnels – or saps – used to advance on enemy lines. In 1915 the First Canadian Tunnelling Company, a group of trained miners, was sent to France to work with the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers. Bomberg portrayed himself as the sapper carrying the large beam in the lower-right corner. This was his second and more naturalistic version of the painting; the first was rejected for its Cubist construction and bold palette.
Title
Sappers at Work: A Canadian Tunnelling Company
Date
1919
Medium
Painting
Materials
oil on canvas
Dimensions
304.8 x 243.8 cm sight
Nationality
British
Credit line
Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921
Accession number
8108