In times of crisis, we often turn to artists for truth-telling and memory-keeping. There is no greater crisis than war, and in this sumptuously illustrated volume, we find a comprehensive visual, cultural, and historical account of the ways in which armed conflict has been represented by artists.
Covering the last two centuries, from the Crimean War to the present day, the book shows how the artistic portrayal of war has changed, from a celebration of heroic exploits to a more modern, troubled, and perhaps truthful depiction of warfare and its consequences. The book investigates broad patterns as well as specific genres and themes of war art, and features more than 400 color illustrations by artists including Paul Nash, Judy Chicago, Pablo Picasso, Melanie Friend, Marc Chagall, Francis Bacon, Käthe Kollwitz, Joseph Beuys, Yves Klein, Robert Rauschenberg, Dora Meeson, Otto Dix, and many others. The volume also highlights the work of often overlooked artists, including children, non-Europeans, and prisoners of war. A wide range of subjects, from front-line combat to behind-the-lines wartime experiences are represented in paintings, etchings, photography, film, digital art, comics, and graffiti.
Edited and with an introduction by Joanna Bourke, War and Art features essays written by premier experts in the field. This extensive survey is a fitting and timely contribution to our understanding of art, memory, and commemoration of war.
|Publisher:||Reaktion Books, Limited|
|Product dimensions:||8.40(w) x 11.10(h) x 1.30(d)|
About the Author
Joanna Bourke is professor of history at Birkbeck, University of London, and Global Innovations Chair at the University of Newcastle, Australia. She is the author of many books including An Intimate History of Killing, Fear: A Cultural History, The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers, and Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play are Invading our Lives.
Table of Contents
Introduction HISTORIES War Imagery between the Crimean Campaign and 1914 The Two World Wars In the Heat of the Cold War, 1945-77 Contemporary War; Contemporary Art GENRES Propaganda, Art and War War and Film Trench Art: Objects and People in Conflict Visions of the Apocalypse: Documenting the Hidden Artwork of Abandoned Cold War Bases ARTISTS Kiyochika’s Last Laughs: Satirical War Prints form the First Sino-Japanese (1894-5) and Russo-Japanese (1904-5) Wars ‘In front of me is the war, and I battle with it with all my strength’: The Wars of Vasili Vereshchagin and Natalia Goncharova ‘The most gruesome picture ever painted’: Otto Dix and the Truth of War Kathe Kollwitz and the Art of War ‘A concentrated utterance of total war’: Paul Nash, C.R.W. Nevinson and the Great War I Do (Not) Challenge: Nancy Spero’s War Series ‘My Name is David and I will be your war artist for the day’: David Cotterrell Shoots a Video CONTEXTS Drawn in Blood and Bone: The Art of Captives of War The Crayon War: How Children Drew the Great War Rape in the Art of War Video Games, War and Operational Aesthetics Art Against War References Bibliography Notes on Contributors Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements Index