A BITTER TRUTH: AVANT-GARDE ART AND THE GREAT WAR. Richard Cork. Barbican Art Gallery, London, 1994. Published in association with Yale University Press, New Haven. 336 pp. with 424 ills. (136 col.). 30 x 26 cm. LC 93-42951 ISBN 0300057040 In English.
Published in conjunction with an ambitious exhibition illuminating the profound impact of World War I on artists of the period, this substantial volume presents an array of some 400 stylistically diverse paintings, drawings, prints, collages and sculptures produced from the early 1910s to the 1930s by Kandinsky, Meidner, Goncharova, Balla, Nash, Dix, Chagall, Gaudier-Brzeska, Kokoschka, Grosz, Leger, Nevinson, Rouault, Spencer, Beckmann, Vallotton, Bellows and dozens of other international figures. Fine reproductions of the featured works accompany eleven extensive texts that trace artistic responses to the War during successive stages of the conflict and in its aftermath, examining in detail the wartime experiences of many of the artists and the modes of expression they adopted to convey their visions of personal and cultural devastation. (The catalogue of the expanded presentation of this exhibition in Berlin -- Die letzten Tage der Menschheit -- is available as Worldwide 24668.)
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1900-1945 — Several Media
Worldwide Number: 024580
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