Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Artists' Impressions?

Noble Readers who troubled to read my last blog will have seen the way artists were early drawn into the Great War. I find period posters curiously fascinating, but they are not the only way in which the artists of 1914 were engaged.

In Edwardian times, when photography was a much more involved art than it is today, equipment was often so bulky as to preclude all but the staged portrait. And if the still picture was hard to obtain, how much more difficult was the movie clip? This being the case, newspaper editors often commissioned graphic artists to depict current affairs.

When the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo, one artist took the opportunity not only to depict but also to dramatize the event in what appears at this remove to be ludicrous way. Realism was not, it seems, the artist’s strong suit.

The Deadly Playground, 1914 is out now.  Why not click on this link and get yourself a copy?

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