The Effect of War on 20th Century Visual Art Cause and Effect Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

The Effect of War on 20th Century Visual Art
Discusses the effect of war on twentieth century visual art.
# 119761 | 2,498 words | 17 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on May 24, 2010 in Art (Artists) , Art (History) , History (U.S. World Wars)

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This paper argues that although art may irrelevant in the face of material loss and personal grief brought on by war, it serves an important role as a medium of expression for war-torn people's sentiments and protests, ultimately bringing them hope and unifying them.

The interaction between art and war
Art's role in expression and protest
The role of Dada art and the Dadaists in World War I
The artists role in expression and protest

From the Paper:

"Historians have reported the devastating effects of war by means of a variety of measurements. For example, books and periodicals may state the number of lives lost or the range of the area ruined. News articles usually indicate the monetary value of properties destroyed. Another cost of war, one that is more difficult to measure, is the personal or emotional cost. This includes the grief, sorrow and suffering of victims who have experienced human and material loss, the conflict and hatred between opposing groups, and anger and misery brought about by the desecration of others. This kind of loss is seldom reported, but it leaves the most piercing and lasting mark.
"Art is one of the most powerful mediums used to illustrate human suffering and conflict (Hernandez, 2000). Some of the greatest artworks on human suffering were created by artists inspired by, or who have lived through, times of war. The role of these works is in meeting the human and political needs of communication and recognition (Motherwell, 1989). Art responds to the conflict and, at the same time, helps the viewer understand the experiences of war-torn individuals."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baghdad Ministry of Culture and Arts (1978). Culture and Arts in Iraq: Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the July 17-30 Revolution. Baghdad: Ministry of Culture and Arts.
  • Bren, J. (1998). Dada Online, 19 March 1998. Retrieved from <> on 1 March 2008.
  • Cone, M. (1992). Artists Under Vichy. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
  • Cone, M. (2001). French Modernisms: Perspectives on Art Before, During and After Vichy. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Guillermo, A. G. (1998).Art, Man and Society: Instructional Materials for Humanities II. Quezon City, Philippines: University of the Philippines.

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