Night Target, Germany

Night Target, Germany
Miller Brittain
Night Target, Germany

oil egg tempera on masonite
76.5 x 61.0cm
CWM 19710261-1436

Bomb aimer Brittain wrote to his parents in 1944: “The night attacks, although they are deadly, are very beautiful from our point of view. The target is like an enormous lighted Christmas tree twenty miles away but straight beneath one looks like pictures I have seen of the mouth of hell.” In a 1946 letter to them, he assessed this painting critically: “My target picture looks like the real thing they say, but I don’t like it yet as a picture. In fact at the moment, I feel like putting my foot though it.”