Artists of World War II (Google eBook)

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2005 - Art - 214 pages
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The first global survey of art in WWII, this volume features selected biographies of artists and detailed discussions of war-era art worlds in China, France, Italy, Japan, Germany, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, Spain, and the United States. Readers can compare and contrast artists' experiences of war in these different countries. They will observe the artists' wide range of responses to war, from producing art works that actively supported the war effort, to criticism of death and destruction.

Chapters begin with short synopses of the art worlds in each of these countries leading up to World War II. Following this are approximately five detailed biographies of selected artists whose works exhibited a wide range of responses to the war efforts of their nation. Their works cover a range of artistic styles, from traditional to modern, and demonstrate the blurred boundaries of art and propaganda during this period. The influence of their works on World War II and how their communities, and the world, responded to those works, gives readers a unique view on the powerful influence of art in war.

  

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Contents

Artists in China Between War and Civil War
1
Artists in France Between Collaboration and Resistance
17
Artists in Germany Constructing the ThousandYear Reich
41
Artists in Great Britain Creating Art as Propaganda during the Blitz
69
Artists in Italy Shaping a Fascist Culture of Consensus
87
Artists in Japan Relating Tradition and Modernity to the Art of Holy War
111
Artists in the Soviet Union Defending Communist Utopia
127
Artists in Spain Waging a Media War
151
Artists in the United States Selling War and Peace in the American Century
171
Remembering World War II
197
Index
203
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Art and War
Laura Brandon
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About the author (2005)

BARBARA McCLOSKEY is an associate professor of art history at the University of Pittsburg. She is the author of "George Grosz and the Communist Party: Art and Radicalism in Crisis, 1918 to 1936.

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