The Flare

Charcoal and pastel drawing on paper of a scene in No Man's Land that is being lit by a flare burning overhead. Depicted at center are two soldiers carrying a body on a stretcher as they walk along a line of barbed wire. In the foreground at left another soldier is sitting on the ground by more barbed wire and what remains of a tree. On the right is a dead soldier lying next to his rifle, which is staked into the ground with a helmet hanging from the stalk, likely as a battlefield cross. There is another soldier in the background at right and a ruined village in the background at left. Rows of barbed wire are visible throughout. The sky is black with only the light from the flare illuminating the scene. Signed by the artist at bottom right, "Harvey Dunn, AEF, Sept. '18"
Currently on loan
date made
associated date
1917 - 1918
associated person
Dunn, Harvey Thomas
Dunn, Harvey Thomas
place made
Physical Description
pastel (overall production method/technique)
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
pencil (overall production method/technique)
drawing with frame: 19 1/8 in x 28 1/16 in; 48.5775 cm x 71.27875 cm
drawing without frame: 14 1/16 in x 24 in; 35.71875 cm x 60.96 cm
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Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
related event
World War I
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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