The Englishman and His Globe, 1914. Thomas Theodor Heine (1867–1948).
World War I: War of Images, Images of War
At the Getty Research Institute, Getty Center
November 18, 2014-April 19, 2015
World War I was both a war of unprecedented mechanized slaughter and a conflict over the cultural dominance and direction of Europe. It was also the first war to be fought and represented by modern artists. On view at the Getty Research Institute (GRI) at the Getty Center from November 18, 2014 through April 19, 2015, World War I: War of Images, Images of War examines the art and visual culture of the First World War.
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Drawn principally from the GRI’s Special Collections, and including key loans, the exhibition demonstrates the distinctive ways in which combatant nations utilized visual propaganda against their enemies and explores how individual artists developed their own visual language to convey and cope with the gruesome horrors they witnessed. Featuring the artists Umberto Boccioni,Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Fernand Léger, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Natalia Goncharova, Félix Vallotton, among many others, the exhibition contains 150 objects that represent a range of media, including satirical illustrated journals, print portfolios, postcards, photographs and firsthand accounts such as a war diary, correspondence from the front, and "trench art" made by soldiers. The work on view is primarily from Germany, France, Italy, Russia and the United States.