I am reading ‘The Pity of War’ by Prof. Niall Ferguson and am struck by the need for an illustrated version. It sounds as if a trip to the National Portrait Gallery with Chapters 3-5 as an audiobook will do the job.
London’s National Portrait Gallery will mark the Centenary of World War I with a display of paintings, films and sculptures inspired by the conflict.
The exhibition, entitled The Great War in Portraits, will run from 27 February until 15 June 2014. It will feature portraits of famous figures such a Sir Winston Churchill and war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon as well as numerous photographs of ordinary soldiers.
Major loans on display will include artworks by Expressionists Lovis Corinth and Max Beckmann and Ludwig Kirchner’s Selbstbildnis als Soldat – Self-portrait as a Soldier. Beckmann was greatly influenced by his war service as a medic, while Kirchner had a brief career as an artillery driver before being declared mentally ill and unfit for military service in 1915.
Other works will include Jacob Epstein’s The Rock Drill as well as portraits of the men who led the armies…
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