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

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Tate in 2018: Aftermath—Art in the Wake of World War One

Still from Film by Jacob Read
It seems like every serious art gallery in world [Note to self: check the Hermitage] did an exhibit on the Great War during the recent Centennial. London's Tate Gallery emphasized (in their words) how artists responded to the physical and psychological scars left on Europe. The selections shown here are some of the most affecting I've been able to find on the Internet. Don't look for cheeriness. 

Click on Images to Expand

1.  Otto Dix
Prostitute and Disabled War Veteran, Two Victims of Capitalism, 1923

2.  Sir William Orpen
A Grave in a Trench, 1917

3. André Mare
Survivors, 1929

4. George Grosz
Grey Day, 1921

5. Winifred Knights
The Deluge, 1920

6.  Paul Citroen
Metropolis, 1923

7.  William Roberts
The Jazz Club (The Dance Party), 1923

8.  Otto Griebel
The International, 1928–30

9.  Paul Jouve
Grave of a Serbian Soldier at Kenali 1917, 1917


  1. No wonder rearmament wasn't popular during the interwar period!

  2. So powerful.
    "The International" is really optimistic - to me.