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Dresden by Matthew Picton

The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum would like to acquire this work by Matthew Picton. This work focuses on the city of Dresden following the devastating bombing in 1945 and depicts the city using a score from Richard Wagner's “The Ring of the Nibelung”.

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This work forms part of a bigger project which seeks to develop our collections relating to Peace, Reconciliation and Conflict. We want to acquire new works to enable us to better explore these themes in the context of the City of Coventry's role as a city of Peace and Reconciliation.


This work explores human impact of the horror of the 1945 bombing through the spaces between the burnt structures of buildings and absence of a population devastated by the aerial attack. Although exploring the destructive force of war there is no escaping the subtle beauty and delicate structure of the work. It would allow us to relate the experiences of the twin cities of Coventry and Dresden during the Second World War and demonstrate the impact of war on civilian life.