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London’s Imperial War Museum is marking the
Centenary of the outbreak of World War I with a
wide-ranging and often deeply moving display of
the work of British war artists of the period.
Truth and Memory
, it takes a chronological
view of the war, charting how artists’ perceptions
and approaches changed as the conflict wore on
and the realties of mechanised warfare sank in.It
is the largest exhibition of British World War I art to
be staged in almost 100 years and features work
both by well-known artists such as Stanley Spencer
and CRW Nevinson and lesser-known individuals
including Anna Airy and George Clausen.
There is a world of difference between works
Truth and Memory marks
anniversary of World War I
The Diary
such as Nevinson’s
La Mitrailleuse
(1915) which
highlights the futuristic, technical aspect of modern
war, and the artist’s ironically titled
Paths of Glory
painted two years later, which depicts the human
cost of war in the shape of two dead British soldiers
by a barbed-wire entanglement.
The Imperial War Museum is also marking the
Centenary by opening a permanent gallery devoted
to World War I. The displays have cost more than
£40m and include items such as recruitment
posters, a reconstructed section of trench and a
British tank.
Truth and Memory is at the Imperial War Museum,
London, until 8 March 2015.
From left, World War I art by Eric
Kennington, Anna Airy and Stanley
Spencer is on show at the IWM
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