The Great War – As Recorded through the Fine and Popular Arts, Morley Gallery, Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1, until 2nd October, 2014
It is fitting that this very special exhibition should be taking place so close to London’s Imperial War Museum as it is part of the IWM-led WW1 Centenary initiatives. This exhibition has been ten years in the making and Liss Fine Art deserve our congratulations on their impressive achievement.
By combining fine and popular arts they show not only the varying responses to the war but also how women, pacifists and fighting men were depicted. It is a very comprehensive survey.
Among the artists represented are Eric Kennington, Spencer Pryse, Colin Gill, Percy Jowett, William Strang and Stanhope Forbes, as well as Henry Tonks, Christopher Nevinson, James McBey, Ellis Martin and Muirhead Bone.
The pictures are greatly enhanced with a generous loan of WW1 memorabilia, propaganda, commemorative china, Trench Art, miniatures, and historic artefacts from the collection of David and Judith Cohen.
A fully illustrated 260 page catalogue accompanies the exhibition and all the proceeds will go to The Red Cross and Morley College.