An image of Wine of Victory (Wounded German prisoners near Ypres)

Will Dyson

(Australia 03 Sep 1880 – 21 Jan 1938)

Wine of Victory (Wounded German prisoners near Ypres)

Other titles:
Wounded prisoners, Oct 1917
Not on display
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The first Australian artist to visit the front during World War I, Will Dyson witnessed the carnage of the 3rd Battle of Ypres in Belgium. Launched on 31 July 1917, over 550 000 Allied and German soldiers were killed in this battle.

In this poignant and powerful anti-war image, three horrifically wounded German soldiers stumble across the desolate landscape. The central figure, blinded and with a heavily-bandaged arm, is barely supported by his exhausted companions. Unlike much war propaganda designed to fuel public anger by portraying Germans as inhuman and monstrous, Dyson's depiction offers a compassionate vision of the enemy.

lithograph, black ink on white laid Arnold paper
46.5 x 59.2 cm image; 52.7 x 66.6 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r. corner, pencil "Will. Dyson.". Not dated.

Gift of the High Commissioner for Australia (London) 1919
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