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The concept of 'war artist' as relating to painters rather than commercial illustrators is virtually unique to Britain. The work they did during the Second World War, under the auspices of the War Artists Advisory Committee, and the circums

Characteristics

Book cover finish Hardcover ( square back binding )
Special features Dust jacket, First edition
Condition Very Good
Published date 1983
Languages English
Size x x cm
Author Alan ROSS
Editor Jonathan Cape

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The concept of 'war artist' as relating to painters rather than  commercial illustrators is virtually unique to Britain. The work they  did during the Second World War, under the auspices of the War Artists  Advisory Committee, and the circumstances in which they produced it, is the subject of Alan Ross's discerning and sympathetic study —  the first of its kind. Drawing largely on the Imperial War Museum's  archives and quoting at length from artists' letters from the different  fronts, Alan Ross provides a context for discussion of the work itself.  He relates war paintings of individual artists to their art in general,  analyses their attitudes to war and to the subject of war art, and describes their problems. Among Home Front artists,  some of them veterans of the 1914-1918 war, were Nevinson, Spencer, Bomberg,  Roberts, Moore, Sutherland and Piper. They painted such subjects as the  Blitz, munition-workers, anti-aircraft defences, miners and  shipbuilders. Outstanding were the large-scale works dealing with aerial warfare over England by Paul Nash, a survivor of the Western Front...

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