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Anna Coleman Ladd and Her Life-Restoring Masks - Preface

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"Anna Coleman Ladd", Anna Painting Mask of French Soldier disfigured in WWI, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, Public Domain.

They were called mutiles - soldiers whose faces had been horribly disfigured by the weapons of war. Some were missing an eye, an ear or their nose; some were missing half their jaw or had horrible burns distorting their face.

For them the war would never be over. They believed themselves too hideous return to their families and jobs.

Plastic surgery, still in its infancy, could not repair the damage inflicted by shrapnel, mustard gas and explosives. The medical community couldn't help them. But an artist from Boston believed she could.

Inspired by the work done by Francis Derwent Wood in Great Britain, Anna Coleman Ladd opened the Studio for Portrait Masks in Paris in January of 1918. She would use her artistic talent as a sculptress to create masks for the mutiles, masks so life-like that they "gave life back to them that prayed for death."

 

Original Release: Jul 16, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016


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