Friday, November 04, 2011


This Day in the History of the Deaths of Artists

On this day in 1918 twenty-five-year-old English poet Wilfred Owen died in France, killed by machine-gun fire while leading his men across a canal by raft. The armistice came one week later. England tended to lose poets in the Great War (Rupert Brook for example) while Germany lost painters--August Macke on the Champagne front in 1914 and Franz Marc at Verdun in 1916. I don't know what happened to French artists in the war but mainly because I don't care. We lost a poet, a minor one, Joyce Kilmer, in the second battle of the Marne in 1918. War is Hell.


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