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DIE LETZTEN TAGE DER MENSCHHEIT: BILDER DES ERSTEN WELTKRIEGES (The Last Days of Humanity: Images of the First World War). Ed. by Rainer Rother. Altes Museum, Berlin, 1994. Organized by Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, in association with Barbican Art Gallery, London, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin-Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin, and Imperial War Museum, London. Published in association with Ars Nicolai GmbH, Berlin. 524 pp. with 565 ills. (201 col.). 29 x 22 cm. ISBN 3894790520 In German.
Complementing the study of avant-garde artistic responses to World War I published in conjunction with the related exhibition at the Barbican (A Bitter Truth, Worldwide 24580), this substantial catalogue surveys paintings, drawings, sculptures and prints by Meidner, Malevich, Kollwitz, Balla, Marc, Nash and other artists featured in the London show while also examining in detail the image of the War reflected in traditional depictions of battlefront scenes and in posters, illustrations, films, photographs and other works created in Germany, France, Britain and Italy. Accompanied by reproductions of hundreds of the exhibited pieces, some 25 essays discuss such topics as the development of war photography, the production of war-related postcards and posters, the iconography of war illustrations in the popular press, the visions of war presented by filmmakers in each of the four countries, and the creation of war memorials by Lehmbruck, Brancusi, Barlach and other sculptors.
Indexing: Western, Europe — 1900-1945 — Several Media
Plans: 50
Worldwide Number: 024668
Hardcover $90.00    

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