Louis-Bernard St-Jean 2014 Walnut oil on canvas 24" x 36" x 2" (61 x 92 x 5 cm)
Original artwork signed by the artist.
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About this piece
Produced on Remembrance Day, November 11th, this artwork retells of the Pointe du Hoc in Normandy, where numerous shell holes still mark the ground today. One can glimpse flashes of light coming from the repeated bombing, piercing the thick white smoke and the heart of the night while the sea waves batter the foot of a cliff strewn with obstacles.
The Pointe du Hoc is a headland on the Normandy coastline between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, two of the five beaches of the Normandy Landings.
Overlooking the English Channel from its vertical cliff, the assault of this headland was considered paramount to the success of the invasion as the range of heavy artillery set up by German troops covered these two beaches.