Art History Mornings at The Beecroft: The Art of the First World War

Saturday 27th May, 10.30

Throughout World War I there was a debate amongst both artists and viewers on how art might represent and reflect the horrors of the first machine-age war. Today we’ll look at a variety of paintings that range from documentary ‘realism’ to expressionist ‘modernism’ exploring the debates, the reactions and indeed our own ways of seeing 100 years on.

Philip Wilson Steer, 'Girls Running, Walberswick Pier' 1888–94Philip Wilson Steer, 'Girls Running, Walberswick Pier' 1888–94Walter Sickert: Soldiers of King Albert at the Ready (1914; Sheffield Museums; c/o

These monthly Saturday morning art history talks are educational yet informal and open to anyone with an interest in art. Each session combines an illustrated talk and discussion, drawing on collections and current exhibitions around the UK.

Meetings will be held on Saturday mornings, 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Lecture Theatre on the ground floor of the Beecroft Gallery.

 Each talk costs £10 and includes tea/coffee (biscuits!) and resource materials for independent research.

For further information and to enrol, please contact Mark Banting:




About TheCommonViewer

Independent Researcher: gently exploring the art and artists of early 20th century Britain (with forays elsewhere, in particular Russian Art History); the Art, Books & History Group meets monthly in Southend-on-Sea Twitter: @TheCommonViewer

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