Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 427 (Sale info: $1000.00).
"b. Jersey City, N.J., 1855. Studied in the National Academy of Design and with J.G. Brown, New York. First exhibited in the National Academy, 1872. Elected Academician, 1882. Member of the American Art Union. " Silenced. (illustration, page VII.) 'Silenced,' by Gilbert Gaul, .a., in many respects is one of the most powerful pictures that has been painted in this country. It represents a recently deserted battle-field on a moonlit night in winter. dead bodies are strewn over the ground, and a dismembered cannon, silenced, stands in the middle-distance, suggestively pointing toward the hazy distance. The moon is not visible in the picture, but the moonlight falls upon the snow, and here and there glistens, reflected from pArts of the cannon or an occasional button or weapon. A soldier, wounded and left for dead, has regained consciousness, and has partly raised himself up on his left arm. There is no one near to help him, and his head sinks upon his breast as he sees his late comrades lying dead around him. The dead soldier in the foreground lies as rigid as only a dead body can. In this figure Mr. Gaul has sudcceeded in painting the effect of violent death with startling and horrible realism, yet his picture has a fascina- tion that attracts one again and again. A wierdness and mystery pervade the subject, out of which the imagination may draw much food for thought. - the Art Union, May, 1884." [P. 84; under illustration appears note: "from National Academy Notes, 1883."]
Illustrated Catalogue of Works of Art in the Art Building of the Southern Exposition at Louisville, Ky. August 16 - October 25, 1884. Prepared by Charles M. Kurtz, Director of the Art Department. Editor of National Academy Notes and the Art Union Magazine. Published for the Art Committee by John P. Morton and Company.
Artist address: Spencer, Van Buren County, Tennessee.
Artist professional affiliation: National Academician; A.A.U.