Cup and Spoon
Oil on Masonite 18" x 12 7/8"
Small edition lithograph 25 x 19
In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Great War, artist John McDonald has created a poignant image in homage to the sacrifice made by soldiers both spiritually and physically throughout the war.
"The Return was inspired by the psychological effects that WWI had on young soldiers. During my research of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment I read stories of men who, upon returning from war, dismissed the idea of being celebrated as heroes. This perspective peaked my interest more than the classic war iconography of proud men with their hands raised high in victory.
Today we are more aware of PTSD and the psychological effects of war, but during the beginning of the 19th century there was very little understanding or assistance provided to soldiers dealing with these issues. The long lasting effects of war trauma and the jarring and terribly difficult return home for soldiers is something I wanted to focus on. The Return is an attempt to acknowledge the complexity of their struggle. I wanted to honor the men who lost their lives on the battle field as well as those who lost their innocence, returning home to a life forever changed."
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