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Art.IWM ART 1162 A French Highway, 1918, by John Nash. John Nash was appointed as an official war artist in April 1918 following vigorous canvassing by his brother Paul. This 1918 painting shows two mounted French officers, in their distinctive helmets and dark blue cloaks, alongside marching British soldiers. The 45 mile (72 km) road between Bar-le-Duc and Verdun was the most important route in and out of the beleaguered Verdun salient. It became known as the Voie Sacrée, or Sacred…


The Battle of Verdun

Paul Nash, Spring in the Trenches, Ridge Wood, 1917, 1918.


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Weimar: Art of the First World War