Monday 12 November 2012

Hauntingly Beautiful Art

It is amazing to see how much art was produced during the world wars, given that countries were so short on   money.  While people lined up at soup kitchens, the government still found the funds to hire official war artists.  These artists capture the trenches of World War I and the air battles of World War II.  They render the horror and the valour of war on canvas in a hauntingly beautiful way.  Here is some of their work.

1.  La Mitrailleuse (Christopher Nevinson, 1915)

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2.  Belligerents (1914-1918)

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3.  Over the Top (John Nash, 1918)

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4.  The Ypres Salient at Night (Paul Nash, 1918)

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5.  Gassed (John Singer Sargent, 1918)

6.  A Battery Shelled (Percy Lewis, 1919)

7.  We Are Making a New World (Paul Nash, 1918)

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8.  On Wings and a Prayer (William Phillips, 1940)

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9.  Siege of Leningrad (1941-1944)

10.  The 2000 Yard Stare (Tom Lea, 1942)

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11.  Operation Tidal Wave (Nicolas Trudgeon, 1943)


12.  Unknown Title (Thomas Hart Benton, 1941-1943)

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