The Russian Avant-Garde at War, Part One

The Avant-Garde Artists and The Great War Popular Culture While it is undoubtedly true that the Treaty of Versailles of 1919 was somewhat responsible for the next war, the Second World War, it is also true that the First World War put an end not just to some empires...

The Futurists Go To War, Part Three

Futurism in Transition From War to Fascism The Great War did not go well for the Italians. Aside from the enthusiastic Futurists and their nationalist sympathizers, such as Benito Mussolini, most Italians regarded the war with wary eyes. The nation had to be bribed...

The Futurists Go To War, Part Two

Futurism in Transition From War to Fascism Although in the histories of the Great War, Italy is usually written of as a “minor power,” or a minor player in the larger structure of the War. The nation was a latecomer to the conflict and had limited goals....

The Futurists Go to War, Part One

Italy at War The Futurists Fall When Filippo Tommaso Emilio Marinetti (1876-1944) called for “war” in his famous Futurist Manifesto of 1909, he was not asking for actual war, as in clashes between nations. The poet was demanding a rebellion against the...

The Great War and Traditional Painting

French Visual Culture and The Great War Painting War One of the oddities of the French response of the French to the Great War was that the visual reaction was in large part one of a barrage of popular culture. While the British, English, Irish, Scottish, produced a...

Devout (2016)

Devout (2016) Produced by Avonbiel A Fine Art Documentary Penetrating deep into the Caucasus mountains and remote villages of Georgia, film auteur James Higginson takes the viewer on a journey into a land that is remote and undeveloped, a place where one can find God....

David Bomberg: The Canadians at War

David Bomberg (1890-1957)  The Canadian Sappers in an Underground War The Great War is known for its technological innovations, from the release of mustard gas to the invention of the flamethrower to the unexpected presence of the tank, but this war is also known for...

Paul Nash: Landscapes of War

Paul Nash (1889-1946) Death Stalks the Artist War is a very intense experience. For poets, war inspires a torrent of words tumbling out in anguish, for novelists, fiction provides a thin veil though which they can filter their fears and terrors. For artists the war is...

John Nash: The Soldier’s War

John Nash (1893-1977) Dispatches from the Trenches The famous English artist and painter of the Great War, Paul Nash, had a brother named John Northcote Nash (1893-1977), who was also an artist. Although Nash the younger was also an official artist of the Great War,...

Stanley Spencer: War and Religion, Part Three

Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) The Artist: Between Sex and Religion Part Two Stanley Spencer lived just long enough to be knighted. Or perhaps the British Empire decided to recognize the original and remarkable artist only by 1959. Queen Elizabeth II, then early in her...

Stanley Spencer: War and Religion, Part Two

Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) The Artist at Sandham Part Two Unlike many artists of the Great War, Stanley Spencer remained silent and refused to translate his experiences into paint. His reticence as an artist, while unusual, can be explained in part by the fact that,...
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