It’s been a sad week. Remembrance Day seems an appropriate end to the last seven days.
During both the first and second world wars, the Canadian government sent artists overseas to record their impressions. (If this seems a bit strange to you, you’re not the only one thinking so.) According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, Canada was the first country to have an official war art program.
Molly Lamb Bobak was one of the Canadian artists recording Canada’s participation in World War II. Click here for a summary of her fascinating life. (It’s really worth reading. It’s reported that later in her life, she liked to take the bus from Fredericton to Montreal so she could, possibly, meet someone interesting!)
Currently, the Canadian Forces Artist Program accepts applications for (volunteer*) artists to “record Canada’s soldiers in Canada, and around the world.”
*This is a topic for another time….today is a good day to pause, and reflect.