Conflict(ed): Art and War in Britain, 1912–60 – Southampton City Art Gallery

Conflict(ed): Art and War in Britain, 1912–60

14 January – 25 March


Are we “all in it together”?


Conflict(ed) explores the alienation caused by war, twisting familiar places and faces: Southampton Common, the docks, even the human body. Curated by history undergraduates from the University of Southampton, the exhibition challenges familiar accounts of war’s effect on the home front, from the First World War to the Cold War.

The artists on show include Percy Wyndham Lewis and Graham Sutherland, as well as others, such as Norman Thelwell, not usually considered ‘war artists’ at all. The works include a number of watercolours, pastels and drawings rarely put on show, owing to their sensitivity to light.


Image credit: Percy Wyndham Lewis, Drawing of the Great War No. 2, 1918, Watercolour on Paper © The Artist. All Rights Reserved 2022/ Bridgeman Images

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