Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Friday, August 3, 2018

At London's Tate Gallery: Aftermath—Art in the Wake of World War One

John Moody, Margaret Sewell, 1927

Art was used in many ways in the tumultuous period after the end of the war, from documenting its destructive impact, to the building of public memorials and as a social critique.

Christopher Richard Wyne Nevison, Ypres After the First Bombardment 1916, Museum

Paul Citroen, Metropolis, 1923, Study Centre for Photography

This exhibition shows how artists reacted to memories of war in many ways. George Grosz and Otto Dix exposed the unequal treatment of disabled veterans in postwar society, Hannah Höch and André Masson were instrumental in the birth of new art forms dada and surrealism, Pablo Picasso and Winifred Knights returned to tradition and classicism, whilst others including Fernand Léger and C.R.W Nevinson produced visions of the city of the future as society began to rebuild itself.

​Now, through 23 September 2018

Sir William Orpen, A Grave in a Trench, 1917

Marcel Gromaire, The War 1925,
Musee d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
Thanks to Kathy Compagno for the heads-up. Text and photos from the Tate Gallery Website.

1 comment:

  1. Margaret Sewell is so haunting. What is she thinking? Who is she remembering?