In this course, we look at different aspects of art created by British artists during the First and Second World Wars.
We discover how various Government Schemes commissioned artists to record and interpret aspects of the First World War at home and abroad. We also look at the impact being an official war artist had on modernists such as Paul Nash, Christopher Nevinson and Percy Wyndham Lewis.
The jobs women undertook during WW1 were captured by artists such as Anna Airy, Flora Lion and Clare Atwood and we analyse how they reflected the change of women’s role in society. We see how artists such as Lucy Kemp-Welch and Alfred Munnings depicted the role horses played during WW1 in their paintings including a portrait of the most famous ‘War Horse’ of all – ‘Warrior’.
in the second set of three lectures we discover some of the art of the Second World War created by modern artists such as Henry Moore, Graham Sutherland, Stanley Spencer and Paul Nash who painted the war on the home front industries and battles in the air. Prominent women artists such as Dame Laura Knight were also chosen to paint portraits of heroines of the armed forces and industry and we look at their contributions. The art of those artists who were sent abroad to record and interpret the various theatres of war from Itay to Egypt, Normandy to Morocco and Burma to Belsen are also surveyed here.
A list of artists included in each lecture and a Further Reading list will be sent via email with the links to each lecture for you to watch on YouTube once you have paid. Each lecture is one hour long.
Cost: £60 for all 6x 1 hour lectures. Pay with PayPal
Or buy the individual lectures below for £12 each.
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The First World War
The Second World War
Image credits: Lecture 1 – Percy Wyndham Lewis, Lecture 2 – Flora Lion, Lecture 3 – Lionel Edwards, Lecture 4 – Paul Nash, Lecture 5 – Ethel Gabain, Lecture 6 – Richard Eurich