Organised to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, this exhibition focuses on the impact of the war on the visual arts, exploring how artists reacted to and represented the horrors of modern warfare. Drawn mainly from the museum’s collection, the chronological display includes prints, photographs, illustrated books, and trading cards, as well as medals, examples of trench art, and helmets. It reveals how artists – including Otto Dix, Fernand Léger, Käthe Kollwitz, and C.R.W. Nevinson – reflected a myriad of styles, ideologies, and mediums in response to the war. As the reality of the war became apparent, several figures changed their positions to express fierce condemnation, mournful regret, or pacifist sentiments. Find out more about the ‘World War I and the Visual Arts’ exhibition from The Met’s website.
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