Oil on canvas
40 x 30cm
A wounded, or perhaps deceased, soldier is carried on a stretcher by two fellow soldiers. The static poses of the standing men, suggest that they are holding their comrade in view, inviting the observer to consider the condition and fate of the stretchered man. The exclusion of the faces of the soldiers adds to the ambiguity of the scene. However, I wanted the title to give some hope that the stretchered man is conscious and comforted that he is in his friends’ hands.