Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Matania and the Great War

Fortunino Matania's depiction of the First World War may seem at times highly sanitized and more reminiscent of G.A. Henty than Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, but in terms of fulfilling the brief to provide readers of illustrated journals such as The Sphere that were so popular in the early part of the twentieth century with images of a conflict that would seismically reshape that century, his work was without peer.

Here's some more reasons why...


  1. Amazing to think he was still around in the 1960s drawing for Look & Learn!

  2. And the brilliance of his artwork was as undimmed with the passing years Phil. I thought that the last series of paintings he did on the Kings and Queen's of England, just before his death at the age of 82, were amongst his finest works.