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How do artists depict war?
The London Blitz beginning in 1940 has been described as the second Great Fire of London and large swathes of the city were destroyed.
The British government recognized that ‘a war so epic in its scope by land, sea and air’ should be recorded and interpreted by artists. These official War Artists were tasked with depicting events and experiences both on the field of battle and on the home front.
Focusing around a group of nine recently acquired drawings by painter Graham Sutherland, this exhibition explores the way artists and photographers responded to the bombing of London during the Second World War. In addition to Sutherland, the show includes work by Bill Brandt, John Piper and David Bomberg, amongst others.
“I will never forget those extraordinary first encounters: the silence, absolute dead silence, except every now and again a thin tinkle of falling glass.”Graham Sutherland, painter