Gassed by John Singer Sergent I’m sure I’ve heard Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings many times before without realizing it, but the first time I became fully aware of the piece was when my parents and I went to an exhibition on the work of John Singer Sargent at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. At some point, we come across this painting. Part of Barber’s piece was softly playing in the background while the voice on our audio guide explained the painting. It shows World War I soldiers blinded by mustard gas being led in lines back to the hospital tents and the dressing stations; the men lie on the ground all about the tents waiting for treatment. To this day, Samuel Barber's piece reminds me of this painting.