Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

  • Category: Art & Culture
  • Dates: Monday, 11 August 2014 to Sunday, 08 March 2015

Experience an incredible exhibition and remember the souls that died in the First World War.

London's Imperial War Museum throws open its doors after a long renovation period with a fascinating exhibition that demonstrates how drastically the art scene changed during the First World War.

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War commemorates this tumultuous time with more than 100 exceptional paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints from some of the most essential artists of the early 20th Century.

Throughout the conflict, various aspects of global culture changed dramatically. And this exhibition argues that the art world was no exception. Some of the brilliant paintings feature highly detailed battle scenes that resemble photographs. Others appear to be cartoonish and childlike, almost cubist in nature. 

Artists include William Kennington - who confessed the war was just "too big" after failing to recreate the success of his first painting - William Barnes Wollen, CRW Nevinson and Paul Nash.

Works worth keeping an eye out for include William Orpen's portrayal of bone-white terrains populated with uncared-for soldiers and the detritus of battle, and Kennington's canvas 2nd Ox & Bucks defeating the Prussian Guard at Nonne Bosschen which kicks off the Truth section.

Whether you're familiar with every little detail of the conflict, have a slight interest or are merely wishing to remember it in light of the 100 year anniversary since the start, this exhibition provides a fascinating insight into how the war shaped the artistic scene, while also demonstrating its capacity for death and destruction.

The exhibition is taking place until March 8th and entry is entirely free, although it's worth checking the website as access is restricted at busy periods.

A stay at 41 perfectly complements this thought-provoking series of paintings. Its atmosphere of peace and sophistication provides the perfect backdrop for those wishing to contemplate the events of 100 years ago.