Witnesses to War: Conflicting Views [Art History Course)

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To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the VE Day, join Dr Gill Clarke MBE to learn more about artists depictions of not only the front line, but also life at home both during and in the aftermath of the Second World War.

War art encompasses far more than battle scenes. This short course focuses on the British war art scheme and the role of the War Artists Advisory Committee from 1939-45 in selecting some of the leading artists of day to record the war in all its aspects for posterity. In addition, we will also look at art made by both distinguished and lesser known artists outside of the scheme including those who were conscientious objectors, providing a rich and complex picture of the realities and consequences of modern war.

This final session examines the consequences of war. The work of pacifist artists such as John Minton, Victor Pasmore, John Petts, Hugo Powell, Arthur Wragg shows how they responded to the conflict.

The liberation of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp and the horrors therein is shown through the powerful and moving work for example by a number of British artists including Doris Zinkeisen, Mary Kessell and Leslie Cole. Paintings of Victory in Europe VE Day provide a sharp and stark contrast. Finally, we will look at Laura Knights depiction of the Nuremberg War Trials.

Single session £30 [under 30s, £20)

Full course of 3 sessions £80 [under 30s, £50)

All art course sessions include a short break during which tea, coffee and pastries will be served.


10 June


Pallant House Gallery