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This sumptuously illustrated volume, edited by eminent war historian Joanna Bourke, offers a comprehensive visual, cultural and historical account of the ways in which armed conflict has been represented in art.

War and art a visual history of modern conflict

Sous la dir. Rather than the actual painting, its reproduction in the form of a postcard is what is discussed in the book Histories in Conflict: the Haus der Kunst and the Ideological Uses of Art, p. Portraits of Adolf Hitler stopped being printed as postcards from onwards as they did not sell well, offering proof that ideological commitment, although it did exist, only partially relied on leader worship.

Compared to other Nazi images of valiant bodies and heroic sacrifices, this painting shows a curiously snake-like and sinuous male body, its boneless anatomy free of any soldierly will.

In the context of fascism, this is surprising, as war was not a mere possibility, it was necessary, first and foremost, founder and creator. Only through war could social and racial purification be advanced.

Her hands are open, in a gesture that is reminiscent of the Virgin Mary in Annunciation scenes, evoking a rich iconography of acceptance and refusal, of compelled or unhappy acceptance. All of these elements resonate strangely in Germany, as the country was triumphing over Europe and entering a long conflict.

Periods that have been and are still as frequently examined as the wars of the 19 th and 20 th centuries are still revealing little-known sources, as demonstrated, among others, by the three books chosen from recent publications. All three belong to very different categories. Its main goal is to make their works known outside of Germany and to demonstrate that German artists, directly after the war, presented their era with what Goethe called antwortendes Gegenbild , an answering counter-image.

The building was not damaged by bombings and was immediately reused, without any real interruption, when post-war West Germany was under reconstruction. The Nazi origin of the building is made obvious by its architecture, but it was consistently hidden in its new use. This approach, although it encompasses many different media, remains within the limits of the illustration of war, and does not venture to consider the possible relationship between wars and the images that do not show it. His father was Hungarian and his mother Czechoslovakian, and he worked in the propaganda service on the Eastern front, but started creating sardonic works at the end of the Third Reich.

Histories in Conflict reveals original information about the commercial and advertising organization of the House of Art, as well as on its construction.

The reader will discover, for instance, the concrete conditions for the combination of natural and electric lighting, which contributed to producing a homogeneous and ethereal space, the place of harmony that Nazi exhibitions aimed for p.

How do images prepare minds by vilifying the enemy? How do they kindle hate? How does art offer a medium for reconciliation after the end of conflicts? How does it influence the memory of confrontations?

The function of art which is best known and most developed in these books, is art as evidence of the disasters of war. Hence the hosts of ruins, mistreated and mangled bodies, the different expressions of fear and despair, which by contrast produce cold and distanced artworks 1 and raise questions about the efforts to make these disasters invisible recent images by drones, for example.

When historical discourses on art and war are built around the display of suffering, they seem perfectly well-established. This sentence is interesting. On the one hand, it encourages one to avoid postulating a unique, achronical suffering that would be identical for all. To be more or less close to war, to experience wartimes differently, are crucial points for the analysis of these images. The question surfaces in all of these books, lurking in the background without ever being confronted directly, proving how difficult it is to elaborate on this point.

Western governments after World War II were built on the denial of ideology: the very opposite of past fascist regimes and contemporary communist governments. On the contrary, liberal regimes presented themselves as freed from what was construed as a particular form of political thought, and as being able to accommodate a wide variety of opinions and art forms.

Ideology has since become synonymous with a form of blindness, lack of discernment, and inability to let other ideas exist. On the one hand, to what extent do civil and military populations go to war for ideology, encouraged by political motives? Historians disagree on this point, and have suggested other reasons to explain engagement in war the feeling of having to defend oneself, loyalty to a peer group, the crossing of thresholds and the habituation to violence, etc.

In no way are these elements exclusive of political motivations. Was there, in this respect, a shift during the 20 th century, something of a weariness regarding ideology? Can the accumulation of suffering wear out ideological motives? On the other hand, can art help us understand this political dimension? In short, art seems adapted to making the evils of war understood.

This no longer needs to be proven. Can art help us understand its political motives? This question is awaiting a more thorough reply. He is currently working on a visual and architectural history of the working class in Eastern and Western Europe.

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War and art : a visual history of modern conflict

A series of essays on the changes in the artistic portrayal of war in the modern period. Illustrated encyclopedia of art and artists, categorised into broad time periods. Entry on Moore p. Also mentioned p. Ives Group and p. Henry Moore Artwork Catalogue Bibliography.

War and Art: a visual history of modern conflict

This sumptuously illustrated volume, edited by eminent war historian Joanna Bourke, offers a comprehensive visual, cultural and historical account of the ways in which armed conflict has been represented in art. Read more Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Finding libraries that hold this item You may have already requested this item.

Sous la dir. Rather than the actual painting, its reproduction in the form of a postcard is what is discussed in the book Histories in Conflict: the Haus der Kunst and the Ideological Uses of Art, p. Portraits of Adolf Hitler stopped being printed as postcards from onwards as they did not sell well, offering proof that ideological commitment, although it did exist, only partially relied on leader worship. Compared to other Nazi images of valiant bodies and heroic sacrifices, this painting shows a curiously snake-like and sinuous male body, its boneless anatomy free of any soldierly will. In the context of fascism, this is surprising, as war was not a mere possibility, it was necessary, first and foremost, founder and creator.

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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 volume also highlights the work of often overlooked artists, including children, non-Europeans, and prisoners of war.

Edited and with an Introduction by Joanna Bourke. You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. Outside the USA, see our international sales information. University of Chicago Press: E. About Contact News Giving to the Press. Henri Matisse Kathryn Brown. Bodies Politic Roy Porter.

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