Erwin Schrödinger at The Western Front with explosion.
Cat hiding in a Box
In Schrodinger's thought experiment he imagined a cat in a closed box with a deadly poison. The poison would be released if some radioactive atoms decayed. This decay occurs naturally when a physically unstable form of an element (such as uranium) sheds energy and subatomic particles. The math of q...
Dante, and Virgil looking down at bi-plane and explosions.
It was reported that ghost bowmen saved retreating British soldiers from a German attack in 1914.
Cat startled awake by two bi-planes in battle.
Cat looking down at aerial view of Bi- Plane flying over landscape with bomb craters.
No Man's Land - “Men drowning in shell-holes already filled with decaying flesh, wounded men, beyond help from behind the wire, dying over a number of days, their cries audible, and often unbearable to those in the trenches; sappers buried alive beneath its surface,"
Soldier looking out af a in trench and his cat masscot.
Smiling Cat and Soldier. A Belguim Lt. named Lekeux and his adopted trench cat were out on pratrol. They reached a spot near the German lines, and saw that they were digging a new trench. He hid himself in a shell hole nearby to make a sketch of the German works. He was so absorbed in his sketch t...
the Colossus ( TANK ) (The Colossus ,also known as The Giant, orThe Panic and The Storm. Is a painting by Goya that shows a giant in the centre of the canvas walking towards the left hand side of the picture. A dark valley containing a crowd of people and herds of cattle fleeing in all directions ...
Soldier, Cat and the Moon.
Newspaper cartoon character "Krazy Kat" appears in a silent "Cat Cartoon" movie short for the first time in 1916 during the second year of World War I
It is said that deserters from both sides banded together and lived like animals in no man's land in trenches and caves. At night they would come out and scavenge off corpses for clothing and food. The British decided to carefully go out at night and leave a package of rations for those living in no...
Albert Einstein refuses to work on developing the new weapon in World War I - poison gas or "mustard" gas.
German Expressionists artist Otto Dix in the trenches doing a drawing. Cats, World War I, and Quantum Physics.
Sleeping Cat over de Chirico Metaphysical Landscape.- During the World War I two artists Carlo Carra, and Giorgio De Chirico are serving in the military. Both are recovering from illness in a military hospital. They become friends and obtain permission to do their artwork in a private room. When the...
Fit For Active Service (1916-1917) by the German Expressionists artist George Grosz with cat watching.
Artist Max Ernst with war wound in 1916.
Hugo Ball performing a DADA sound poem at the Cabaret Voltaire 1916 with cat watching. 8/ 27/15 From an unfinished series of 133 works titled - Cats, World War I, and Quantum Physics. Mixed Media on Cat X-Ray.
Quiet night on the western front with cat dreaming of performing with Harry Houdini at the "Cheer Up" patriotic variety show at the Hippodrome in New York City in 1918.
Soldier and Houdini doing an underwater escape while being handcuffed performance .
Houdini hanging upside down in a straight jacket and a man walking.
Charlie Chaplin from his movie Soldiers Arms in World War I uniform holding a gas mask.
1915 is the first full year of the war. Thomas Merton ( (1915 –1968 ) is born that year in France a country which is the scene of many bloody battles of the Western Front. .. ( " .........The depth of his openness and commitment to Eastern religions came out clearly in the last words of his life, in...
"The Zeppelins would come out of the dark - you couldn't see them and it was totally random. You didn't know if you were running towards danger or away from it." The aim of the Zeppelins was clear - the Germans hoped to break morale at home and force the British government into abandoning the war i...
Soldier and Zeppelin. During World War I, the German military made extensive use of Zeppelins as bombers and as scouts, killing over 500 people in bombing raids in Britain
Tank and Bi-Planes.
A soldier and his Vision during the battle of the Verdun Forest.
During WWI, when an Allied soldier wanted to read a map or letter at night, his choices were very limited- wait until it gets light, or risk exposing himself to enemy fire by firing up something like a bright lamp or lighter, if he had one. However, there was a seldom discussed third choice that was...
Sleeping Soldier and cat.
Man inside a cats stomich looking at a box.
Rembrandt's "Self Portrait Smiling" and Cat Resting.
"Rembrandt: Artist in His Studio" ...and a cat, and a cherry tree with blossoms.
Tree In No Man's Land. The author of the poem "Trees" would was killed by a sniper and buried in France. Trees By Joyce Kilmer I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. A tree whose hungry mouth is prest Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast; A tree that looks at God all day, ...
In the Trenches.
The most commonly used gas in WWI was ‘mustard gas’]. In pure liquid form this is colorless, but in WWI impure forms were used, which had a mustard color with an odor reminiscent of garlic or horseradish. An irritant and a strong vesicant (blister-forming agent), it causes chemical burns on contact,...
Mustard Gas / Damaged Face. The soldiers who sat on those benches in the years during and after World War I had suffered facial wounds on the Western Front that had never been seen before in warfare. Hailstorms of bullets, exploding metal shells and shrapnel tore off the flesh and ripped off the fac...
Gueules cassées (broken faces) is a French expression for facially disfigured servicemen that originated in World War I. In a time before transplants, the task of repairing these broken faces was largely left to masks. The person who made the best masks was a sculptor named Anna Coleman Ladd. Alon...
Woman With a Letter. or Rage and Grief .
Shortly before Christmas 1914 French, British, and German soldiers near the remains of an old windmill put down their rifles and came out of their trenches, and in no- man's- land against their officers orders, held an impromptu truce. In an act of defiance the soldiers ignored their officers orders...
Rembrandt's The Three Trees, with a dreadnought battleship coming out of the fog.
Dashiell Hammett at the Western Front of World War I. Hammett enlisted in 1918. He was afflicted during that time with the Spanish flu and later contracted tuberculosis.
The Poet Apollinaire in military uniform and head bandage convalescing in a military hospital. He would soon write The Poet Assassinated and not long after die from his war injuries
Cat playing violin. During the famous Christmas Truce of 1914, Felix the cat went back and forth between Allied and German troops, carrying friendly messages tucked in his collar. A French general decided not to take chances and had the cat shot for treason.
Germans stepped things up with the Super Zeppelins, but Britain had found the Zeppelin's Achilles heel - explosive bullets which could set the hydrogen alight. This would prove to be the Zeppelin's undoing.
Scorched Earth .
Cat watching an aerial dogfight.
Cat Sleeping by a Box. In this work I refered to another work I did, an interior illustration for the book Dawnward Spire, Lonely Hill. The Letters of H.P. Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. That book and the illustration can be seen in the Illustration page in this website.
Cat, Brain, and the Mona Lisa. ( “And yet the artist had understood exactly what was on my mind, by putting on the cover a drawing of the brain and the Mona Lisa, one on top of the other.“ - J. Bronowski talking about the cover of his book- The Identity of Man )
"Newspaper cartoon character" KRAZY KAT," and " Every Man His Own Football," floating over the German landscape." ( In 1919 a year after World War I ended, in Berlin a magazine is published with the title: (Jjederman sein eigner fossball) " Every Man His Own Football ". The title has no meaning and ...
Soldier and Cat watching battle in the distance at night.
For this series I did over 133 works. From those works I edited down the series to this tentative form. This is a work in progress. The vet were we took out cat was switching to digital records and asked if we knew anybody who wanted their old x-rays. I said yes and the result is this series which I'm still fine tuning. All the works in this series are done directly on X- Rays of Cats. None of the pieces in this series are more that approximately 12" x 10." The size of the work is about the size of a page in an oversize book. A few of the works are smaller. All the works in this series can be viewed in normal conditions without the use of a light table or any other special light source. The only requirement is that there be a white surface or paper under them so that the images will stand out.
One aspect of World War I (1914 - 1918 ) concerns Cats. An estimated 500,000 cats were sent to the trenches in World War I to help rid the trenches of mice and rats. Those cats sometimes became important unit mascots and treasured companions.
The physicists Erwin Schrodinger the founder of quantum physics served in the military during World War I. Later in his life he used his imaginative mind to explain the behavior of subatomic particles by imagining their behavior in the macro world with a cat in a box that is... both alive and dead at the same time. This became the well known "The Cat In The Box Thought Experiment."
World War I is also known as The Great War, or The War To End All Wars
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