Nothing but the clouds unchanged Artists in World War I

Getty Research Institute

Book - 2014

Much of how World War I is understood today is rooted in the artistic depictions of the brutal violence and considerable destruction that marked the conflict. Nothing but the Clouds Unchanged examines how the physical and psychological devastation of the war altered the course of twentieth-century artistic modernism. Following the lives and works of fourteen artists before, during, and after the war, this book demonstrates how the conflict and the resulting trauma actively shaped artistic produc...tion. Featured artists include Georges Braque, Carlo Carrà, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, Fernand Léger, Wyndham Lewis, André Masson, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Nash, and Oskar Schlemmer. Materials from the Getty Research Institute's special collections - including letters, popular journals, posters, sketches, propaganda, books, and photographs - situate the works of the artists within the historical context, both personal and cultural, in which they were created.--Publisher.

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Published
Los Angeles : Getty Research Institute [2014]
©2014
Language
English
Item Description
At head of title: The Getty Research Institute.
This book accompanies an exhibition "World War I: War of Images, Images of War."
Physical Description
198 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781606064313
1606064312
Corporate Author
Getty Research Institute (-)
Review by Choice Reviews

The centennial of WW I has been marked by an avalanche of new studies examining the origins and progress of a conflict that had a pivotal influence on the 20th century and beyond.  The war's impact on visual art is the subject of this welcome book, published in conjunction with a current exhibition at the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles).  Much is advanced about the modernity of the conflict, but the most memorable art posits a more emotive or individual response to war's horrors (e.g., the work of Otto Dix, Ernst Kirchner, and Paul Nash) and its aftermath (e.g., Käthe Kollwitz and Georges Braque).  An imaginative, albeit limited, selection of images, many less known, from paintings and prints is reproduced here, most in good color.  Several striking illustrations from the era's periodicals are presented without comment, and some major war artists (e.g., C. R. W. Nevinson and Stanley Spencer) are not featured.  Short essays (most with a German/Austro-Hungarian emphasis) by a variety of experts are predictably varied.  An index, endnotes, and a useful list of "Selected Cultural Figures Who Served in World War I."  Despite its restricted scope, Nothing but the Clouds Unchanged should spark interest in WW I's impact on art. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. --W. S. Rodner, Tidewater Community College William S. Rodner Tidewater Community College http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/CHOICE.189870 Copyright 2014 American Library Association.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Much of how World War I is understood today is rooted in the artistic depictions of the brutal violence and considerable destruction that marked the conflict. Nothing but the Clouds Unchanged examines how the physical and psychological devastation of the war altered the course of twentieth-century artistic Modernism. Following the lives and works of fourteen artists before, during, and after the war, this book demonstrates how the conflict and the resulting trauma actively shaped artistic production. Featured artists include Georges Braque, Carlo Carrà, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, Fernand Léger, Wyndham Lewis, André Masson, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Nash, and Oskar Schlemmer. Materials from the Getty Research Institute’s special collections—including letters, popular journals, posters, sketches, propaganda, books, and photographs—situate the works of the artists within the historical context, both personal and cultural, in which they were created. The volume accompanies a related exhibition on view at the Getty Research Institute Gallery from November 25, 2014, to April 19, 2015.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Much of how World War I is understood today is rooted in the artistic depictions of the brutal violence and considerable destruction that marked the conflict. Nothing but the Clouds Unchanged examines how the physical and psychological devastation of the war altered the course of twentieth-century artistic Modernism. Following the lives and works of fourteen artists before, during, and after the war, this book demonstrates how the conflict and the resulting trauma actively shaped artistic production. Featured artists include Georges Braque, Carlo Carrà, Otto Dix, Max Ernst, George Grosz, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, Fernand Léger, Wyndham Lewis, André Masson, László Moholy-Nagy, Paul Nash, and Oskar Schlemmer. Materials from the Getty Research Institute’s special collections—including letters, popular journals, posters, sketches, propaganda, books, and photographs—situate the works of the artists within the historical context, both personal and cultural, in which they were created.   The volume accompanies a related exhibition on view at the Getty Research Institute Gallery from November 25, 2014, to April 19, 2015.