The Best WWI Paintings 

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Updated July 29, 2019 333 votes 61 voters 2.1k views 25 items

World War I, otherwise known as The Great War, was one of the most important military conflicts in the history of humanity. Before the conflict erupted in 1914, no war had cost as much loss. While it was the most calamitous event - touching the entire world - up to the point it occurred, the conflict is often overshadowed by the deadlier event that followed: World War II. Through art, such as paintings of WWI, we can see how intense and overwhelming the time was for everyone, even if it pales next to the events that began two decades later.

Like all military conflicts, WWI was depicted in various forms including film, photography, and of course, paintings. Some of the most important artists of the 20th century painted works of art showing the emotion and action of the world's soldiers at the time the events were unfolding and continued returning to the subject for many years later. The artwork of John Singer Sargent‎ is well known and make up some of the most classic depictions about the conflict and the events around it while many other paintings by other talented artists show good representations of one of humanity's greatest and most devastating moments in history.

The Munitions Girls
The Munitions Girls is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best WWI Paintings
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 4.0

Year: 1918

Artist: Stanhope Alexander Forbes

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A Zeppelin's Lurid End Above the Clouds
A Zeppelin's Lurid End A... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best WWI Paintings
Photo: Wikimedia Commons/No Restrictions

Year: 1919

Artist: James Martin

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HMS 'Vindictive' At Zeebrugge
HMS 'Vindictive' At Zeeb... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best WWI Paintings
Photo:  Royal Museums Greenwich/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Year: 1918

Artist: Charles de Lacy

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Hell Fighters From Harlem
Hell Fighters From Harle... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best WWI Paintings
Photo:  U. S. Army/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Year: Unknown

Artist: H. Charles McBarron, Jr.

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