WWI in Art
Colin Maley p.8
Why did people paint?
People didn't have cameras to take pictures of the war.
Artists wanted to paint what was going on.
Artists and people wanted to know what war was like. They wanted to share these images with others.
What did people paint?
Some paintings showed women working in factories. These women took the jobs of the men while the men were away in the war.
Women in the cantina of a factory taking a break from work.
Some paintings showed the fear on people's faces as they were fleeing the cities where the battles took place.
Drawing by Belgian artist Gisbert Combaz (1869-1941) showing the people of Louvain, Belgium fleeing the city. On 25 August 1914.
Artists painted attacks in war, stories of the war, terrible conditions during the war and bravery during the war.
What other forms of art came from WWI?
Monuments were created in memorial of the war.
War Memorial in St. Mary's churchyard at the town of Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire, England.
Church windows were designed and dedicated to military units or individuals.
Rolls of Honor in various forms of plaques or books are often seen in public places, company offices, factories, sports clubs, and schools.
1914-1918 and 1939-1945 War Memorial near St. Peter's Church, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire.