This painting is inspired by the book, Im Westen Nichts Neues (All’s Quiet On The Western Front) by Erich Remarque. This is a rich narrative, at times humorous, dreamy, frantic and tragic . He describes how men turn into animals on the battlefield, while at the same time noting the brimstone butterflies flitting here and there across the killing fields, the larks and his daydreams about life at home. Another source of inspiration came from German French and British poets who took part in the slaughter.
I incorporated real ww1 photographic images from the front with a loose botanical style for the plants and birds. Butterflies emerge from the mud, larks flutter down and perch on the deadly barbed wire. Daisies and poppies push their way through no man’s land.