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Painting War

Painting War
A History of Australia's First World War Art Scheme

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  • Date Published: November 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108471503

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  • During the First World War the Australian Government established an official war art scheme, sending artists to the front lines to create a visual record of the Australian experience of the war. Around two thousand sketches and paintings were commissioned and acquired between 1916 and 1922. In Painting War, Margaret Hutchison examines the official art scheme as a key commemorative practice of the First World War and argues that the artworks had many makers beyond the artists. Government officials' selection of artists and subjects for the war paintings and their emphasis on the eyewitness value of the images over their aesthetic merit profoundly shaped the character of the art collection. Richly illustrated, Painting War provides an important understanding of the individuals, institutions and the politics behind the war art scheme that helped shape a national memory of the First World War for Australia.

    • Introduces readers to a commonly overlooked aspect of the First World War
    • Details the often unseen political influences that helped shape a national memory of the First World War
    • Includes rich examples of the artworks produced with four full-colour plate sections
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    • Date Published: November 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108471503
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • contains: 64 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. A record for posterity, 1916–17
    2. Implementing the art scheme, 1917–18
    3. Gazing on strange and terrible lands, 1916–18
    4. A beautiful graveyard, 1919
    5. A suitable memorial, 1920–22
    Conclusion.

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    Margaret Hutchison, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane
    Margaret Hutchison is a lecturer in the School of Arts at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane. Her research focuses on the history of war, culture and memory.

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