La Mitrailleuse as muse

When your favourite band decide to pay tribute to your favourite war painting and produce a video to compliment the musique concrete on offer, well it would be rude not to include it in the blog!


Punishment of Luxury
Giovanni Segantini – The Punishment of Luxury

Yesterday, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark released a track from their forthcoming album, The Punishment of Luxury (named after the Segantini painting of the same name that you can find in Liverpool’s Walker Art Gallery), inspired by CRW Nevinson’s La Mitrailleuse.

With the haunting, futurist statement “Bend your body to the will of the machine” combining with the choral sounds so familiar to OMD fans, and the chilling sounds of warfare, the track alone is enough to send shivers, but combine it with a video that encompasses many of Nevinson’s other works (I recognise six others!) along with the stunning ‘Flower of Death’ by American war artist, Claggett Wilson and this two minute track is a perfect education in the power of war art.

Watch and enjoy:

OMD La Mitrailleuse

For more on Nevinson’s war painting:

Rebel Visions – The War Art of CRW Nevinson

And for a little something on Segantini:

Painters of Light – Italian Journey

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