Living Paintings

The Blitz

Suitable for: Book Clubs

The horror of the Blitz is still remembered by people today. These two paintings were created during World War 2 whilst the Blitz was going on so the scenes are all too realistic reponses. Paul Nash has painted a ‘sea’ of metal – the twisted and torn remains of German aircraft which delivered death and destruction to so many cities. ‘Bedford Circus after the Blitz’ shows the result of a German raid on Exeter with beautiful Georgian buildings destroyed by fire.

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Although the sky looks ominously grey, the sun shines through from the left, revealing a scene of destruction over much of the picture, but in the background, on the right, we see the cathedral of St Peter still dominating the horizon. This ancient cathedral miraculously escaped the bombing with relatively minor damage. One chapel and part of the south choir aisle of Exeter Cathedral were destroyed; however, the side shown in the picture was undamaged. In front of the Cathedral two leafy trees and some buildings also remain undamaged, creating a great contrast to the rest of the picture. The proximity of the cathedral to the area of devastation emphasises how close it too came to complete destruction.
The foreground of the picture is dominated by the rubble left by the bombing raid. Two large bare trees and many small green shrubs show what a pleasant area this must once have been.

What's inside

  • 10 copies of two or three raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An A4 large print colour image pack, containing 10 copies of each topic.
  • Guidance Notes, for Book Club leaders, to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.two

Touch to see image list

Totes Meer painted by Paul Nash in 1094/1
Bedford Circus after the Blitz painted by AC Brown in 1942

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