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.
Artist: Stanhope Alexander Forbes
Artist: James Martin
Artist: Charles de Lacy
Artist: H. Charles McBarron, Jr.