World War I Painting on Loan from UK Coming to Kansas City
The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City is preparing to display a John Singer Sargent painting depicting British soldiers blinded by a gas attack on the Western Front.
The Kansas City Star reports that the American artist's 8-foot by 20-foot (2.4-meter by 6.1-meter) oil on canvas titled "Gassed" is so large the museum had to build a new exhibit space. The exhibit opens Feb. 23 and lasts through June 3.
Sargent's 1919 painting is on loan from the Imperial War Museum in London. It has been on tour while its home exhibit space is being renovated. Kansas City is the only stop in the Midwest. The visit coincides with the ongoing centennial observations of World War I.