- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Art
- Department Art and Memorials
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1918/01/01
- Latest 1920/12/31
- Inscription (frame/cadre): F. H. VARLEY GERMAN PRISONERS #907 ACC 8961; R45A; EXAMINED BY THE CANADIAN CONSERVATION INSTITUTE, 1984
- Medium oil
- Support canvas
- Materials Not applicable
- Service Component German Army
- Measurements Height 127.4 cm, Width 183.7 cm
- Caption German Prisoners, c. 1919
- Additional Information Future Group of Seven artist Fred Varley found mud a problem while working at the front during the fall of 1918. German planes flew overhead, and there was occasional shelling around his area. On September 16 he wrote to his wife: "I've just mapped out a canvas of a subject - the details having been gathered in spasms. All my notes up to the present are the slightest - no paintings - couldn't be done - I had to scoot 'avec vite' from one of my horrors for the Hun took a fancy to the same place & chucked his shells right over."
- Caption German Prisoners
As an official Canadian war artist, Frederick Varley, a future member of the Group of Seven, painted many scenes on the Western Front. Here, German prisoners walk along a rocky road past rows of dead trees, debris, and bodies.