Honoring First Centenary: Fifteen Works that Define World War I

This year marks the beginning of the First World War Centenary which will go on till 2018. The participating countries will organise events paying tribute to the war heroes and advancements made in Literature, Art, Science and Technology among other fields. The War gave tremendous impetus to artists and a major chunk of art movements developed between the two World Wars.

Artsome lists fifteen works by eminent artists of the First World War, that define the historic event.

David Bomberg, Sappers at Work:Canadian Tunnelling Company, R14, St Eloi, 1918 – 1919, charcoal drawing, 673 x 558 mm, Collection: Imperial War Museum.

CRW Nevinson, Returning to the Trenches, 1914.

Paul Nash, Battle of Britain, 1941.

Paul Nash, Landscape from a Dream, 1936–8, Oil paint on canvas, 679 x 1016 mm, Collection: Tate.

Paul Nash, The Messerschmidt in Windsor Great Park, 1940, Pastel, graphite and watercolour on paper, 400 x 578 mm, Collection: Tate.

Otto Dix, Trench Warfare, 1932.

Sir William Orpen, The Thinker, 1918.

Wyndham Percy Lewis, A Battery Shelled, 1919, oil painting, 1828 x 3175 mm, Collection: Imperial War Museum.

Mary Riter Hamilton, Trenches on the Somme, 1919, oil on commercial canvas board, 37.8 x 45.8 cm.

Mary Riter Hamilton, Shelter Trench on the Somme, 1919.

William Orpen, ‘To the Unknown British Soldier in France’, 1921.

Muirhead Bone, Tanks, 1918.



– http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/inside-first-world-war/part-seven/10667519/first-world-war-defining-artists.html

– http://gerryco23.wordpress.com/2014/02/16/a-terrible-beauty-british-artists-in-the-first-world-war/