The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, May 24, 2018

Exhibition shows how artists contributed to a growing disenchantment with war
People visit on May 26, 2017 the exhibition "Les desastres de la guerre 1800-2014" (The Disasters of War) at Louvre Lens. The exhibition presents representations arising from disenchantment with war, from the beginning of the 19th century to our own time, showing the major milestones of this little known history, through all kinds of media: painting, sculpture, graphic arts, photography, film, video, installations, comic strips, popular prints, newspaper cartoons, and more. AFP PHOTO / DENIS CHARLET.

LENS.- This exhibition invites us to understand why we prefer peace to war. It shows how artists contributed to a growing disenchantment with war, a movement that began with the nineteenth century and the Napoleonic campaigns. Traditionally considered an essential value of society, the concept of war as an inevitable occurrence was increasingly discredited. Following Napoleon’s campaigns, in 1819 Benjamin Constant was able to write that «For the moderns, even a successful war costs infallibly more than it is worth.» Whereas formally, the portrayal of war had been dominated by scenes of heroic battle, artists began to show war’s other faces, including its most horrific consequences on people, animals, nature, cities and things.

In 12 sequences, the exhibition highlights pivotal episodes in this little- known history, in the light of some twenty conflicts and in particular those whose death toll and mental scarring left them seared in history: the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815), the First World War (1914-1918), the Second World War (1939-1945), and the Vietnam War (1954-1975). Each conflict produced an unprecedented world of images as massification grew more intense and the machines of war more widespread (provoking an extreme tension between the survival of the individual and the eradication of the individual into anonymity) and as civilian populations became ever more exposed.

Chronologically structured, the exhibition establishes visual turning-points as well as correspondences that go beyond the events themselves. We see artists, those who experienced war first-hand and others, haunted by the traces they had to provide of this human maelstrom. We see them as they turn to new tools, new techniques, a new philosophy even, in order to make visible the chaos of war, as it happens or retrospectively. Because war remains even after hostilities have ceased, with its trail of devastating effects on mind and body. beyond the unspoken facts and the propaganda which finds always more sophisticated ways to glorify war, artists explore the hideous and fascinating worst. They help shape new sentiments, in many cases preceding them. They reveal horrors that are portrayed nowhere else with such force.

The exhibition, over 1,800 square metres, presents 450 works using all types of media: painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving, photography, film, video, images d’Epinal, press, posters, objects, etc. Over 200 artists are represented, including Géricault, Goya, Daumier, Dix, Vallotton, Léger, Capa, Picasso, Richter, Villeglé, Erro, Combas and Pei-Ming.

Today's News

June 3, 2014

Exhibition shows how artists contributed to a growing disenchantment with war

Major Francis Bacon Triptych of lover George Dyer to be offered for first time at auction

Josef Albers' first and last versions of Homage to the Square on view in Germany

Hollywood Icons: Christie's announces an online-only sale of photographs from 2 – 11 June

The Public Catalogue Foundation announces the launch of ground-breaking initiative Art Detective

Bonhams Entertainment Sale celebrates the 50th anniversary of Beatles film 'A Hard Days Night'

Exhibition of works by Swiss artist Franz Gertsch opens in the Abattoirs Museum in Toulouse

The most prestigious salon of art and antiques in Monaco to be held from 12 to 16 June 2014 in Monte-Carlo

Ramón Masats and Gervasio Sánchez win the top prizes PHotoEspaña 2014 Awards

Married artists' paintings selected for National Portrait Gallery's portrait award exhibition

Second round of funding finalised for Vastari: Using the internet to share art securely with museums

Design September Brussels: The essential annual show for all design lovers

Clars May 2014 sale records highest sale ever for the firm achieving $3.2 million

Three centuries of snuff bottles are not to be sniffed at Lyon & Turnbull

Ace of Diamonds: A solo exhibition of works by Oleg Tselkov opens at Ekaterina Cultural Foundation

Kehrer Berlin opens its gallery space in Berlin with exhibition of works by Davide Monteleone

China detains Chinese-Australian artist: associates

Gavin Gardiner shows who's boss in annual auction at Gleneagles Hotel

"Andrée Putman: Ambassador of Style" exhibition opens at PMQ in Hong Kong

Estimated £50 million worth of unwanted jewellery sitting in Britain's homes

Rare Kandinsky jewellery to be offered by London Specialist Lucas Rarities at Art Antiques London

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- New Rembrandt found after being bought at London auction

2.- Exhibition at Fotohof focuses on groups in society who are at risk of marginalisation

3.- John Brennan collection of Rock n Roll memorabilia offered at RR Auction

4.- A Bob Dylan guitar fetches $495,000 at auction

5.- Exhibition in San Francisco focuses on the latter half of René Magritte's career

6.- 'Mad' king Ludwig II of Bavaria lost gift to composer Richard Wagner gets rare show

7.- New Royal Academy of Arts opens in celebration of its 250th anniversary

8.- Researchers uncover Anne Frank's 'dirty jokes'in her diary

9.- New York art sales near $3 billion in two weeks as uber-rich hunt trophies

10.- Berlin's Ethnological Museum returns grave-plundered artefacts to Alaska

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful