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Dimensions:
280 × 210 × 30 mm
392 pages
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9781780238463
Illustrations:
445 illustrations, 401 in colour
Published:
01 Nov 2017

War and Art A Visual History of Modern Conflict Joanna Bourke

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. Covering the last two centuries, the book shows how the artistic portrayal of war has changed, from a celebration of heroic exploits to a more modern, truthful depiction of warfare and its consequences.

Featuring illustrations by artists including Paul Nash, Judy Chicago, Pablo Picasso, Melanie Friend, Francis Bacon, Käthe Kollwitz, Yves Klein, Robert Rauschenberg, Dora Meeson, Otto Dix and many others, as well as those who are often overlooked, such as children, non-European artists and prisoners of war, this extensive survey is a fitting and timely contribution to the understanding, memory and commemoration of war, and will appeal to a wide audience interested in warfare, art, history or politics.

Introduction by Joanna Bourke, with essays by Jon Bird, Monica Bohm-Duchen, Joanna Bourke, Grace Brockington, James Chapman, Michael Corris, Patrick Crogan, Jo Fox, Paul Gough, Gary Haines, Clare Makepeace, Sue Malvern, Sergiusz Michalski, Manon Pignot, Anna Pilkington, Nicholas J. Saunders, John Schofield, John D. Szostak, Sarah Wilson and Jay Winter.

War and Art offers a visual, cultural, and historical account of depictions of war and its aftermath over the past 200 years. The artists and representations cross a variety of media – from paintings, prints and photography, and comics to film, digital art, and graffiti – in an effort to visualize war, memory, commemorative actions, and outcomes . . . Richly illustrated with more than 400 illustrations and including notes for each essay and a brief bibliography of about 50 sources, the volume will be of interest to readers in history, art history, military history, ethnic and cultural identity, memory studies, and related fields of material and cultural heritage . . . Recommended.’ — Choice


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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 (1999), Fear: A Cultural History (2005), The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers (2014) and Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-play Invade our Lives (2014).

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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