Drawing in the Italien Alps – Part 2: Remains from the First World War 1914-1918.

Fortifications from the First World War south of the Valparola Pass. Aquarell.

Fortifications from the First World War south of the Valparola Pass. Aquarell.

As you might already have read in my previous post, this summer my friends of the italian association of urban sketchers “Matite in viaggio” invited me to pass a weekend with them drawing at Falzarego-pass in the Dolomites in the italian alps. I reached them when they already had started to draw this view from the nearby Valparola Pass to the south. Sometimes the clouds opened and you could see the snowy peaks.

Equipment fron the First World War, Museo Forte Tre Sassi, Valparola Pass

Equipment fron the First World War, Museo Forte Tre Sassi, Valparola Pass

At the pass there is an old fort (a low, cubic building of stone with small windows) that was converted into a commemorative museum about the frontline between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. One room of the museum is crammed with relics from the war: helmets, backpacks, gas-masks, machine-guns, metal dishes, iron stoves…

Equipment from the First World War, Museo Forte Tre Sassi, Valparola Pass.

Equipment from the First World War, Museo Forte Tre Sassi, Valparola Pass.

From the same museum. Above right you see a water-bottle for half a litre of water – the daily ration for the soldiers at the beginning of the war. Unimaginable.

Fortifications from the First World War at Col Gallina near Falzarego Pass.

Fortifications from the First World War at Col Gallina near Falzarego Pass.

The peaks of the mountains near the front line virtually were perforated by fortifications on both sides. We climbed up to the fortified camp at Col Gallina, south of Falzarego Pass. The place now is in use as kind of a memorial, being visited by numerous school-classes and other visitors.

The trip gave the motivation to learn more about this crazy war that cost the lives of millions of people.

My paintings and drawings and those of my colleagues were shown at the exhibition “Matite in viaggio 2014” from october 10-12, 2014, at Venezia-Mestre.

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