Chapter Twenty-Three. The Visual Arts

  1. John Horne Professor member
  1. Annette Becker Professor member

Published Online: 19 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch23

A Companion to World War I

A Companion to World War I

How to Cite

Becker, A. (2010) The Visual Arts, in A Companion to World War I (ed J. Horne), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444323634.ch23

Editor Information

  1. Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Author Information

  1. University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, France

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405123860

Online ISBN: 9781444323634



  • the visual arts;
  • visual artists - part of the European “front generation”;
  • 1913–14, artists joining the war;
  • French, British, and Russians - competing in anti-Germanism;
  • four themes from Europe's shared religious traditions - Massacre of the Innocents, the Apocalypse of St. John, the Passion and Resurrection of Christ and the grief of the Virgin


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • 1913–14: Artists Join the War

  • Artists between Consent and Sacrifice

  • Suffering, Mourning, and Disillusionment

  • Turning to Religious Art

  • Demobilization within Wartime Mobilization; Mobilization within Postwar Demobilization: from Dada to the New Objectivity

  • References and Further Reading