The Great War: Britain's Efforts and Ideals
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In 1917 millions of British men had been sent to the battlefields, and people at home were enduring hardship, unprecedented loss and food shortages. The Bureau of Propaganda commissioned eighteen artists to produce this set of images, to inspire a war-weary public.
Although the subject matter and themes were highly prescribed by the Bureau the images reveal the impact of the war on society, particularly on the role of women.
The images illustrate two themes: ‘Efforts’ and ‘Ideals’. The artists include Frank Brangwyn and C. R. W. Nevinson.
The prints were widely published and exhibited, but support was not universal, with some of the images criticized for idealising war. Nevertheless, this project illustrates the belief in the power of art as propaganda.
A set was presented to the National Museum of Wales in 1919. The prints are being exhibited for the first time ever at National Museum Cardiff in 2014.
This catalogue depicts the images form the exhibition.