ON THE WESTERN FRONT
by Robert Taylor
CANVAS STUDIO PROOF
The ancient Norman monastery on Mont St. Michel provides the majestic
backdrop as a group of Me109s race across the coast returning to their
forward base in northern France after a fighter sweep across the English
Channel in early 1941.
During the spring of 1941 almost all of the great Luftwaffe fighter leaders
– men such as Galland, Molders and Trautloft – duelled across
the English Channel on a daily basis with RAF Fighter Command.
Their supremo, Herman Goering, has extended the presence of the Luftwaffe
all along the north coast of France preparing for a new aerial offensive
against England. The leading pilots on both sides are often twenty year
olds, ‘veterans’ who have survived the Battles of Britain
and France. The locals now have to make the best of life under occupation,
and have grown used to the aerial battles that are increasingly common
overhead. Life is a continuing contrast between peaceful tranquillity
and the frantic pace of war.
But the Abbey of Mont St Michel has seen it all before: built by the Normans
on a solid rock of granite rising 250 feet out of the sea, this ancient
monastery has witnessed conflict over almost a thousand years. It now
plays backdrop to one of Robert Taylor’s most iconic paintings -
Aces on the Western Front.
Using the latest imaging and printing technology, these high definition
Giclée Studio Proofs now allow us to replicate the sophisticated
artistry of this Robert Taylor Masterwork with a degree of accuracy previously
We are delighted to announce that this famous piece has now been authorised
as the latest Masterwork to be enhanced by the creation of these new GICLÉE
STUDIO PROOF ON CANVAS.
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