Museum in Washington, DC

Artist Soldiers

Artistic Expression in the First World War

The First World War remade the world geopolitically and transformed how societies engage and relate to military conflict.

Artistic expression during the war contributed to this transformation. Before World War I, war art largely depicted heroic military leaders and romanticized battles, done long after the fact, far from the battlefield. The First World War marked a turning point with the appearance of artwork intended to capture the moment in a realistic way, by first-hand participants.

This exhibition examines this form of artistic expression from two complementary perspectives: one, professional artists who were recruited by the U.S. Army; the other, soldiers who created artwork. Together they shed light on World War I in a compelling and very human way.

A collaboration between the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and National Museum of American History.

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Museum in Washington, DC
Coming: April 6, 2017
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Join us each month for some of the most visually striking and engaging dramas of World War I through our film series Hollywood Goes to War: World War I on the Big Screen. See the films we have coming up and reserve your ticket.

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