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VE Day street party, 1945

Edwin La Dell ARA (1914-1970)
VE Day street party, 1945, Edwin La Dell ARA, Imperial War Museum ART 15849 9

There is a simple joy and exhilaration in the painting. Rationing is still in place but the table is all cakes and tarts. The coloured streamers and flags are sparse decorations but the sense of relief is clear. Nothing concerns or worries the gathered guests, celebrating in the street in a natural response to the end of the war in Europe.

Pencil, ink and Watercolour on paper 38.1 x 56 cm
Painted in London, 1945
Imperial War Museum ART 15849 9

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