Bruce Arnold

Critic of Public Affairs, writing about art, theatre, music and politics

William Orpen and his Experiences on the Somme

The narrative of William Orpen’s life is a strange one. How did this son of a Dublin solicitor, born in a comfortable family house in Blackrock, taught art at the Metropolitan Art School in Dublin where he was sensationally successful, and then at the Slade school in Dublin, come to be, among other things, one of the greatest war artists ever?