Water Lilies, 1917 ~ Claude Monet
July 1st 1916: Battle of the Somme begins
On this day in 1916 during World War One, the Battle of the Somme began. On the first day alone there were 60,000 British casualties, and there were over a million from all sides by the end of the battle in November. It was one of the bloodiest campaigns of the war, and is remembered for its attritional nature and seemingly fruitless losses.
“An unconscious naked man lying on a table being attacked by little demons armed with surgical instruments; symbolising the effect of chloroform on the human body.” (1912).
Afternoon dress by Bernard, Les Modes September 1909. Photo by Reutlinger