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Artists under Fire
September 23, 2015 - January 27, 2016
Remembering the Great War 1914–1918
This exhibition, inspired by the centenary of the First World War, showcased rarely seen prints, drawings and watercolours, revealing the effects on soldiers and civilians through the eyes of contemporary artists. Dramatic depictions of diving bombers, devastated landscapes and action in the trenches, contrasted with scenes of life on the Home Front, made this a moving and educational display.
The wide-ranging selection included work by eight official British War Artists, including Augustus John, Frank Brangwyn, Eric Kennington and Christoriper Nevision. They focused on the Efforts and Ideals, a series of powerful lithographs commissioned by the War Artist’s Advisory Committee in 1917. The exhibition contrasted officially sanctioned propaganda with images produced independently.