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Completed Critique Gassed

Discussion in 'vBench (Works in Progress)' started by Dan Morton, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    This 8 figure vignette is an homage to John Singer Sargent's famous painting "Gassed" as well as the wartime newspaper photo of the 55th Lancaster division gas casualties. The vignette was actually finished quite some time ago. My good friend Charlie Duckworth painted it for me.

    Hope you like it!

    All the best,
    Dan

    Attached Files:

    ChaosCossack, Mike S., Grod and 6 others like this.
  2. Fokionas Active Member

    Country:
    Greece
    What A perfect way to tell this story.
    Dan my congratulations, I hope one day I will be close to your abilities in creating a scene and of course painting it.
    I think I ve seen this scene again in diorama ,long long time ago.It was titled "in the kingdom of blinds'' and if I am not mistaken it was presented in a euromilitaire competition.
    Thank you for this lovely piece.
    Fokion
  3. megroot A Fixture

    Country:
    Netherlands
    Nice work Dan.
    If I may: there are some figures who looks very stiff into the knees. Can you correct that. Some bending into the knee will give more life to the figure.

    marc
  4. billyturnip A Fixture

    Country:
    England
    That turned out very well Dan. (y)

    Roger.
  5. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    Good work Dan,
    I had first seen this Sir John Singer Sergeant painting in the Imperial War Museum 50 years ago and I still find it as haunting today as I did then.
    You have captured this terrible atmosphere perfectly in your sculpt.
    Keith
  6. ACCOUNT_DELETED A Fixture

    Country:
    Canada
    Really well done! Goes well with Owen's famous Dulce et Decorum Est:

    Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
    Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
    Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
    And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
    Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots,
    But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
    Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
    Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

    Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
    Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
    But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
    And flound’ring like a man in fire or lime.—
    Dim through the misty panes and thick green light,
    As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

    In all my dreams before my helpless sight,
    He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

    If in some smothering dreams, you too could pace
    Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
    And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
    His hanging face, like a devil’s sick of sin;
    If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
    Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
    Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
    Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
    My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
    To children ardent for some desperate glory,
    The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
    Pro patria mori.


    Colin
  7. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Fokion, Marc, Roger and Keith - Many thanks gentlemen! Most kind!

    Fokion - Must disagree - your work is extremely good! Don't sell yourself short!

    Marc - I agree that some of them look a bit stiff. The sculpting on this was finished in 2011. I hope you think my more recent "To the death..." sculpting is a bit more life-like.

    Keith - I think sculpting a scene is ALL about "atmosphere" as intangible a quantity as that may be.

    All the best,
    Dan
  8. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Colin - Many thanks!!

    All the best,
    Dan
  9. Martin Rohmann A Fixture

    Country:
    Germany
    Well done, Dan!

    Cheers
  10. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I can relate to this .
    as a young boy there was what I thought was an old man who lived next door but it turned out he had been gassed during the war and still suffered terribly around 1955 suppose he was in his mid fifties ,I was 7 years old then.
  11. Funky50 Guest

    Very emotive.....As a youngster I always thought those pictures of gassed soldiers one of the saddest comments on a that terrible conflict.....Kevin
  12. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Martin and Ron and Kevin - Many thanks gents! It is a subject worthy of a much more talented sculptor than yours truly!

    Ron - To the best of my understanding, many gas casualties that survived and lived through the war suffered with serious respiratory illnesses for their remaining lives.

    All the best,
    Dan
  13. Ron Tamburrini A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    You are very much correct there
  14. Grod A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Very poignant scene.
    Gordon
  15. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Thanks Gordon!!

    All the best,
    Dan
  16. John Bowery A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Dan,
    Nicely finished and a sad story.
    Cheers
    John
  17. Wings5797 A Fixture

    Country:
    France
    Yes I agree Dan but it's not very often achieved to the degree that you have reached with this little group.
    Cheers,
    Keith
  18. Ferris A Fixture

    Impressive piece Dan. I think it captures the mood of the picture and painting very well.

    Cheers,
    Adrian
  19. Dan Morton A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    John, Keith and Adrian: Thanks gentlemen. You are most kind!

    All the best,
    Dan
  20. swralph A Fixture

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