The Twentieth Century was one marked by great conflicts that changed the world. The Great War, or as it is more commonly called World War One (1914-1918), was the first, and perhaps most significant, of these mass violent conflicts. This conflict changed the very foundations of society in the western world, and in terms of art and literature it created an entire genre and inspired thousands of pieces.
At the beginning of the war many artists volunteered for service and governments recruited them to go to the Front to paint and record the war. Even those who did not directly participate in the battles did record the conditions and realities of war, many times more faithfully than the war photographers who were also recording the war. This exhibition of paintings artists who served and witnessed the war first hand, wishes to enlighten you about the moving, and beautifully sad art that was created as a result of the war. The artists set out to record not just the events of the war, but the emotions and experiences of the soldiers themselves. Their goal was to find a way for their art and styles to reflect what they were witness to. (For more details about war painters and government response see Paul Gough's Why paint war? British and Belgian artists in World War One).