A terrible beauty: British artists in the first world war

Gough, P 2010, A terrible beauty: British artists in the first world war, Sansom and Company, Bristol, United Kingdom.


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Title A terrible beauty: British artists in the first world war
Author(s) Gough, P
Year 2010
Publisher Sansom and Company
Place of publication Bristol, United Kingdom
Subjects Art History
Fine Arts (incl. Sculpture and Painting)
Summary "As war broke out across Europe in 1914 the Vorticist painter Wyndham Lewis advised: 'You must not miss a war, if one is going! You cannot afford to miss that experience'. He may have been playfully ironic, but he recognised that the Great War presented a set of complex challenges, that might make or break reputations at a critical juncture in British art. Many artists, poets and writers have had to live with the uncomfortable recognition that conflict fuels their muse, invigorating the imagination and honing their creativity." "This book explores a diverse group of those artists and their work, from the conservative draughtsmanship of Scottish etcher Muirhead Bone to the irreverent angularity of the young gunner William Roberts; from the publicity-soaked antics of Richard Nevinson to the deluded ambitions of Sir William Orpen. In it, Paul Gough examines the work of those who were made famous by the war, and those whose reputations were almost irretrievably damaged. He explores in -- detail the wartime lives of fifteen artists - many of whom saw active service - who are central to the way we now visualize the War on the Western Front and on more distant battlefields in Macedonia and Gallipoli." "Drawing on extensive material, letters and diaries as well as the work itself, Gough locates the artists in their creative milieux but also within the complex martial administration of the day. He reveals how strings were pulled, civil servants persuaded, and fierce military censors assuaged or confronted." --Book Jacket.
ISBN 9781906593001
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