World war one: art of the time - Alan Anderson

World War one is a time that history tried to erase. We don't learn much about it and no one feels good about what happened. In this gallery we'll take a look at how the people of the time felt and expressed that feeling through their art.

The government needed money to support their war efforts. So they sold War Bonds. They had many advertisements made to help with this. Here we have lady liberty leading the charge. Behind her a bright american flag. The troops march in behind her. An american eagle is soaring in to fight.
In this one we have a soldier standing over the body of a fallen soldier. Our soldier is beaten up, but he still carries on. This piece has a little more focus than our last. And sheds a little more light into the War. The piece, done by Walter Whitehead, is trying to show mortality of the soldier that fought for our country.
Now we start to move into the grittiness of WW1 era art. Two dead German soldiers lie dead in a trench. One appears rotten and shriveled. The trench feels lifeless. The colors are very earthy and monotone. The sun is beating down on these poor forgotten souls.
This piece by James F. Scott depicts a trench either before or after a large fight. The trench seems expansive yet slightly dilapidated. Off in the distance we can see the beautiful country side, the backdrop of many fire fights of this time. This piece uses a more color than most of our gallery. The grass seems green, maybe summertime or spring. Yet the trees are missing their leaves. Maybe they were burned.
Leslie Hore did a number of drawings and sketches throughout WW1. The first we'll look at is The Crescent and the Cross. This piece depicts a medical tent with a large cross flag above it. We see two soldiers with a stretcher carrying a man into the makeshift facility. Off in the distance, battle ships loom.
Another piece by Leslie Hore, ANZAC Beach. This piece depicts the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing and supply at ANZAC Cove. The piece is simple, yet feels very alive. You can almost see the bustling military formations. The colors are so simple yet accurately convey the surrounding area so well.
Leslie Hore must have seen some horrible things. The way that he draws such a simple scene yet gives it this tense underlying tone is amazing. Here we have a fallen soldier leaning up against a hill or trench wall. The way his body is lying seems as if he is sliced in two. You can tell there is little movement in this scene, except maybe a slight wind. Again like all of Leslie Hores work from this time, the colors are very earthy.
Trench warfare was the fuel of many nightmares of the time. We see a soldier pinned down in his trench. A fire burns in the distance. Our soldier has no gun or weapon to defend himself with. It's as if you can see the smoke cloud take over the sky, yet everything else lies motionless.
Battle was the only dangerous part of WW1. Many of the soldiers had to travel great distances through tough terrain to even reach the battle field. Here we see a group heading up a narrow cliff side path. Aided by the assistance of pack mules. Like many of our sketches before, this one has those gorgeous and gritty earth tones.
Here we have a wider view at one of those narrow pathways. Men march up to an overlook. A camp sits below. This piece is so simply yet conveys a large scope. Like almost all of Leslie Hores work, this piece leaves a lot left up to the imagination. What is beyond the mountain is not drawn, but felt.
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