This is a highly personal response by a war artist to a factory involved in the war effort. It shows the interior of a factory making landing craft and demonstrates a variety of the skills needed to build the craft and the number of men required to do it. The landing craft is being built in sections and this notion of segmentation is echoed throughout the painting. The artist's viewpoint exaggerates the sense of scale of the project. He trained as a mural decorator and fabric painter, and there is a strong sense of design and monumentality in his rhythmic response to the forms of the roof structure, the row of workers in the centre foreground and the planes of the metal components. The painting has been signed and dated in dark-toned paint in lower right by the artist, 'Leslie Cole '43'.
Where to see this painting?
National Maritime Museum
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