Shared Experience: Art and War
An anonymous typewritten note on the back of the original index card for this painting explains the dramatic imaginary scene depicted.
This is an attempt to produce the sensation of “all Hell breaking loose” which arises when trouble has begun in an ordnance depot. Things happen unpredictably, swiftly and emphatically. There is also the confusing effect of simultaneous explosives.
Affixed to the other side of the index card is a photograph of the (now lost) sketch from life on which Beament based this painting. Unlike the painting, the sketch depicts the destroyed landscape but no explosions.