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18:00 - 19:30 23 March 2015
Canada’s war art: Is it all propaganda?
Seminar Room 105 |
UCL – Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom
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Dr Laura Brandon, Canadian War Museum
Today, most Canadians know the First World War visually through the country's official war art, the Canadian War Memorials. It is this publicly-owned collection that has been explored by scholars and curators for nearly 100 years. More recently, attention has been drawn to the thousands of artists who served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and depicted the conflict unofficially. Their work was intended for viewing by family and comrades and is consequently little known. Using the Canadian War Museum's collection of unofficial and official Great War art, this presentation will explore differences, similarities, and absences. In so doing, it will question whether any war art produced during the war years can escape entirely the label of propaganda.
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