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This is Road at St Paul (1922) by French artist Félix Vallotton. It features in @tate excellent exhibition #WW1Aftermath. A while ago I wrote (on my blog) about the inspiration I get from my various Pinterest boards; uncurated depositories of #WW1 images of the people, places, events and “mood” of my books. This picture falls into the last category. This is not a picture of my protagonist Hope herself (or of any particular place she inhabits) but looking at it helps me enter her world. In the first half of the book, Hope is a VAD nurse in France in the final year of the #GreatWar. Outwardly calm and competent, Hope is, in reality, frightened, lonely and grieving – and (in common with most combatants and non-combatants in 1918) very tired. This picture says all of that, and more. The second painting is also by Vallotton; Evening on the Loire (1923). This outwardly beautiful yet claustrophobic, silent and rather sinister scene encapsulates the small English village to which Hope returns when she is demobilised in 1919 – and from which she is subsequently desperate to escape. I think I read somewhere recently that the @royalacademyarts is planning a #FelixVallotton exhibition for 2019. I do hope this is so! Or maybe I dreamt it… #modernart #amwriting #historicalfiction #writinginspiration
H M Hulme
Writer of literary historical fiction set in the First World War. Revising my first book, writing the next, seeking representation. Rather chuffed to be long-listed for Historical Writers Association Dorothy Dunnett Short Story Competition 2019. Mountaineer, gardener, traveller, reader. Africa, modern history, coffee, roses, and unrealistic romance. NHS midwife in a former life.