Often known as the Great War, the global conflict that broke out in early August 1914 and lasted four years was one of the most tragic yet significant events of the 20th century. It’s now 100 years since the start of World War I, and a number of venues across London are doing their bit to ensure that the milestone is commemorated accordingly.
Among those is the Imperial War Museum, which recently reopened its doors following a period of refurbishment, and is currently hosting one of the most moving and fascinating exhibits you’re ever likely to see regarding the Great War.
Entitled Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War, the display is split into two parts, with the first of these, Truth, featuring artworks such as William Barnes Wollen’s famous painting, 2nd Ox & Bucks Defeating the Prussian Guard at Nonne Boschen.
Wollen’s works epitomise the way in which the conflict helped to drive British art forward, producing a number of changes within the discipline, just as it did in many other areas of life, industry, politics and more.
Moving on to the Memory section of the exhibit, you’ll instantly come across arguably the great British masterpiece created during World War I, William Kennington’s The Kensingtons at Laventie. Painted in 1915, the piece depicts the reality of life in the trenches, and shows the artist’s battle-scarred unit marching back to its base following a harrowing military operation.
The exhibition is sure to fascinate anyone with an interest in history, and provides a fantastic insight into what life was like during the Great War, as well as the conflict’s significance in terms of the way that it changed life for all of humanity, forever.
Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War will be on show until March 2015, with the Imperial War Museum being easily reached from many of London’s top luxury hotels.