3. Eric Kennington, Over the Top, 1917
The tense moment of attack is portrayed in an almost calm, matter-of-fact manner, as the soldiers prepare to leave the trench according to planned procedure. Again, their faces are hidden from the viewer, but there is a solid monumentality about the standing figure on the left that is both impressive and moving. Kennington served on the Western Front but was wounded and then discharged in June 1915. After visiting the Somme in December 1916, as an unofficial visual recorder of events, he accepted a commission as official war artist from May 1917.