Age Shall Not Weary Them 8 x 10"The title comes from the poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon composed in 1914 following the Battle of the Marne. The third and fourth verses (below) have been used for over 90 years as an "Ode to Remembrance"
Canvas, prepped with gesso and cheesecloth, then covered in acrylics in brick red, creme and toffee brown. A vintage WWI picture covered with an organza Union Jack anchors the top right hand corner. Paper "Remembrance" poppies and bullet casings are scattered across the canvas along with a miniature British War medal.
- They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
- Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
- They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
- They fell with their faces to the foe.
- They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
- Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
- At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
- We will remember them.
This piece available at this October's Open Studio.