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45 VE Day May 8th 1945 by Paintings by Norman Neasom (1915 - 2010)

45 VE Day May 8th 1945 by Paintings by Norman Neasom (1915 - 2010)

VE (Victory in Europe) Day May 8th 1945

Drawing with colour - Signed dated and inscribed "VE Day May 8th 1945"

Image Area: 19ins x 15ins

Upon the defeat of Germany (Italy having already surrendered), celebrations erupted throughout the Western world. From Moscow to Los Angeles, people cheered

In the United Kingdom more than one million people celebrated in the streets to mark the end of the European part of the war. In London, crowds massed in Trafalgar Square and up The Mall to Buckingham Palace, where King George Vl and Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Prime Minister Winston Churchill, appeared on the balcony of the Palace before the cheering crowds. Princess Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth II) and her sister Princess Margaret were allowed to wander incognito among the crowds and take part in the celebrations.

There is no wonder Norman included a work of VE day in his repertoire, so ending 10 years of torment or did it? unfortunately this was not to end Norman's struggle with conflict and it would remain for another 10 years until in 1955 he drew a work most terrifying that he would never sell it and not included in this exhibition

The work was to be gifted to the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery but Norman was prevented from doing so. The drawing was simple titled 'holocaust' and dated 1955

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