To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice.
~ Andre Malraux ~
The Field Hospital
Created in 1867, the painting captures a woman, a volunteer of The Sanitary Commission, comforting a Union soldier, by helping him to write a letter. The idea of convalescing outdoors is intriguing; all appears so quiet and peaceful, though one cannot help but wonder what might lie beyond the wild flowers.
Art can never exist without naked beauty displaced.
~ William Blake ~