From 30 March 2006

Published July 28, 2010 by tootingtrumpet
I wrote this piece over four years ago and it took me those four years to drum up the courage to jump off the Merry-Go-Round and leave my job. I’ll need to jump back on soon, but I hope the ride will be more fun than it has been for the last 18 months or so. I often think about this painting and how to deal with its message.

In a new first for what nobody is calling “The Trumpet”, I attempt to publish an image. It is Mark Gertler’s “The Merry Round” on which I wrote an essay some 18 years ago.

It’s in the Tate, and worth a visit as its scale overwhelms with its manic horses careering and its soldiers and civilians unable to escape the relentless momentum of machine-made movement.

Painted in protest at the First World War, it speaks as directly today to Iraq as it did then to Ypres.

Read more about Mark Gertler at and about the painting at

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