Last night's Channel 4 documentary, The Art of War, presented by Jon Snow, was an impassioned and absorbing survey of the ways in which British artists have responded to the horrors of war and, since the First World War, challenged the idea that war art should simply celebrate valour, victory and glory. Snow traced this…
Artwork page for ‘A Bantam Hercules’, Eric Kennington, 1917 This drawing was reproduced in a volume called British Artists at the Front published in 1918. The accompanying commentary noted that, at the beginning of the first world war, army recruits under 5 feet 2 inches tall were rejected. But ‘in the factory districts of Lancashire and Cheshire, the average stature is lower’. The desire to volunteer for the army was so strong that men between 5 feet and 5 feet 2 inches tall were recruited…
'Over The Top'. 1st Artists' Rifles at Marcoing, 30th December 1917
image: a landscape in the snow. On the left, a red earth trench lined with duckboards stretches away from the viewer. Agroup of soldiers clamber from the trench, going 'over the top'. Two lie dead in the trench and another has fallen lying face down in thesnow. Those who have survived plod forward towards the right without looking back.
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EN398 Literature of World War I and the Rise of Modernism Spring 2010