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‘Art Everywhere’ campaign features famous First World War artwork

Posted  9 August 2013 in News  
By Kate Clements
'Gassed' by John Singer Sargent, 1919
‘Gassed’ by John Singer Sargent, 1919

A nationwide art exhibition running in August 2013 will feature one of the most famous paintings of the First World War.

Gassed by John Singer Sargent was voted by the public into the final selection of artworks in the Art Everywhere campaign, the largest exhibition of its kind in the world.

From 12–25 August some of the nation’s greatest art will be on display across 22,000 poster sites and billboards across the UK.

Artists, curators, media owners and entrepreneurs joined by a love of art have fuelled this massive charitable celebration, and the general public crowd-funded over £30,000 to help make it happen.

It is predicted that 90% of the UK’s adult population will see the artworks, which will replace normal advertising for the two-week period.

The public voted for their favourites from a long list of artworks from UK public collections.

The final ‘likes’ were counted on the 10 July to help create the Top 57 to be displayed across thousands of sites.

Gassed was placed fourth in the public’s selection. The top ten included works by Francis Bacon, LS Lowry and JMW Turner.

Gassed was painted by official war artist Sargent in 1919. It shows the aftermath of a mustard gas attack in August 1918 as witnessed by the artist during his time in France.

The original artwork is part of IWM Collections.

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