The use of gas as a weapon was described in detail by Wilfred Owen but is brought to life in this painting by FH Varley – Gas Chamber at Seaford:
The beautiful East Sussex landscape is depicted in blues and pinks, fresh air, green grass, a meandering road leading to the sea but the horrors of what is going on beneath are shown as the gasmasked soldiers calmly emerge from the sickly yellow-green fog of the gas chamber.
The orderly fashion in which they leave the chamber is in grim contrast with the reality of its use in the battlefield:
“World War I: a poisonous gas attack on the Canadians in Flanders, 24 April 1915. Coloured chalks by Louis Raemaekers.”
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