- Category Communication artifacts
- Sub-category Art
- Department Art and Memorials
- Museum CWM
- Earliest 1917/01/01
- Latest 1917/12/31
- Inscription Verso, directly on back of canvas, in chalk: Mud.; Passchendaele; A Bastien; stamped at lower left: CANADIAN WAR MEMORIALS, OTTAWA; (in shape of oval); 88; (in centre of oval) on back of stretcher, upper left, in black crayon: 10 (encircled) - 1 - NAT; upper centre; stamp: CANADIAN WAR MEMORIALS, OTTAWA; (in shape of oval); 88 (in centre of oval), in black felt pen: Acc 8095; lower right: round stamp with crown at top: NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA . OTTAWA .; in centre of circle: 8095; above and below stamp, in black felt pen: Acc.; lower right, in red crayon: 14; in blue crayon: b; lower left, in blue crayon: 14 B; on back of frame, upper centre, in red felt pen: 113; upper right, in graphite: Acc 8095; upper right, in blue ball point pen: 3 (encircled); lower centre, in graphite: MS21
- Medium oil
- Support canvas
- Materials Not applicable
- Service Component Canadian Expeditionary Force
- Measurements Height 61.3 cm, Width 86.5 cm
- Caption Canadian Gunners in the Mud, Passchendaele, 1917
- Additional Information Belgian artist Alfred Bastien had just begun working for the Canadian War Memorials Fund when, on October 26, 1917, General Currie led the Canadian Corps into the mud for which Passchendaele is now notorious. Lieutenant Brooke Ferrar Gossage, serving with the 66th Battery, wrote in his diary: "New Bty position an awful mud hole simply covered with mud all the time and generally wet." By November 7, with losses numbering over fifteen thousand, Passchendaele was secure. Bastien has depicted a group of gunners struggling to release one of their guns from the mud. The focus on the gun, rather than on the soldiers, underlines the importance of this weapon to success on the battlefield.
- Caption Canadian Gunners in the Mud, Passchendaele
The terrible shelling and constant rain reduced the Passchendaele battlefield to a sea of mud. Here, a group of artillery soldiers struggle to free a mired wagon.