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Fox, James, 1982–

British art and the First World War, 1914-1924 / James Fox (Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge).

Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
xii, 233 pages, 11 numbered pages of plates ; 26 cm.
Reference Library
N9155.G7 F69 2015 (LC)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
"The First World War is usually believed to have had a catastrophic effect on British art, killing artists and movements, and creating a mood of belligerent philistinism around the nation. In this book, however, James Fox paints a very different picture of artistic life in wartime Britain. Drawing on a wide range of sources, he examines the cultural activities of largely forgotten individuals and institutions, as well as the press and the government, in order to shed new light on art's unusual role in a nation at war. He argues that the conflict's artistic consequences, though initially disruptive, were ultimately and enduringly productive. He reveals how the war effort helped forge a much closer relationship between the British public and their art--a relationship that informed the country's cultural agenda well into the 1920s"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Terms:
Art and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Art and society.
Art and war.
Art, British -- 20th century.
Art, British.
Artists -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 20th century.
Great Britain.
Intellectual life.
Social aspects.
World War (1914-1918)
World War, 1914-1918 -- Art and the war.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Social aspects -- Great Britain.

  • The outbreak of war and the business of art
  • Perceptions of art
  • The arts mobilize
  • War pictures : truth, fiction, function
  • Peace pictures : escapism, consolation, catharsis
  • Art and society after the war.