Art at the Service of War: Canada, Art, and the Great War
Published: July 2013© 2013
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 200 Pages
Dimensions: 7.00 x 10.00
200 Pages, 7.00 x 10.00 x 0.45 in
The Canadian War Memorials Exhibition opened in the galleries of the Royal Academy in Burlington House in January 1919. Featuring four hundred paintings and sculptures depicting the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the First World War, the exhibition became the gala event of the London art season.
Art at the Service of War is the story of how artists as diverse as modernist Paul Nash, the revolutionary Vorticist Wyndham Lewis, and young Canadians such as A.Y. Jackson came to paint Canada’s war. Bringing together the artists, critics, and art gallery owners with patrons, military leaders, and politicians, the experience exposed Canadians to modern art at a time that the artists themselves were just beginning to explore this area.
First published in 1984, Art at the Service of War was one of the first contributions to Canadian cultural history. With the approaching hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, this book provides a timely reminder of the impact of this conflict even beyond the military and political spheres.
Introduction to the second edition
1 Artists and the war
2 Canada’s impresario of art
3 ‘Up in arms’
4 ‘Work which cries to be done’
5 ‘Not only history, but art’
6 Lest we forget
‘Art at the Service of War is a carefully researched and clearly written account of the Canadian War Memorial Fund … This is a handsome and valuable book.’Robert Craig Brown, Canadian Historical Review
‘Lord Beaverbrook’s imaginative scheme to send artists to the front in the First World War is alluded to from time to time in general histories. But the full story, with all its cultural and political implications, is told in fascinating detail in Art at the Service of War.’William French, The Globe and Mail
‘The works explored in this centenary book are "not just memorials" but also art works of extraordinary power".’Sarah Glassford, BC Studies April 2016
‘Though nearly thirty years old, this pioneering book remains a definitive account of the art of the First World War.’James Fox, Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge
“No one can understand the enduring power of the Great War to fire the imagination without attending to war art. Maria Tippett’s pioneering study of Canadian war artists and their work has brought this story alive, and has done justice to the art and to the moment of its creation.”Jay Winter, Yale University