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Portraits of Remembrance, Portraits of Remembrance, 0817320504, 0-8173-2050-4, 978-0-8173-2050-8, 9780817320508, , , Portraits of Remembrance, 0817392815, 0-8173-9281-5, 978-0-8173-9281-9, 9780817392819,

Portraits of Remembrance
Painting, Memory, and the First World War

Hardcover
2020. 352 pp.
15 color figures / 19 B&W figures
978-0-8173-2050-8
Price:  $64.95 s
E Book
2020. 352 pp.
15 color figures / 19 B&W figures
978-0-8173-9281-9
Price:  $64.95 d

Interdisciplinary collection of essays on fine art painting as it relates to the First World War and commemoration of the conflict
 
Although photography and moving pictures achieved ubiquity during the First World War as technological means of recording history, the far more traditional medium of paint­ing played a vital role in the visual culture of combatant nations. The public’s appetite for the kind of up-close frontline action that snapshots and film footage could not yet pro­vide resulted in a robust market for drawn or painted battle scenes.
 
Painting also figured significantly in the formation of collective war memory after the armistice. Paintings became sites of memory in two ways: first, many governments and communities invested in freestanding pan­oramas or cycloramas that depicted the war or featured murals as components of even larger commemorative projects, and second, certain paintings, whether created by official artists or simply by those moved to do so, emerged over time as visual touchstones in the public’s understanding of the war.
 
Portraits of Remembrance: Painting, Memory, and the First World War examines the relationship between war painting and collective memory in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, and the United States. The paintings discussed vary tremendously, ranging from public murals and panoramas to works on a far more intimate scale, including modernist masterpieces and crowd-pleasing expressions of sentimentality or spiritualism. Contribu­tors raise a host of topics in connection with the volume’s overarching focus on memory, including national identity, constructions of gender, historical accuracy, issues of aesthetic taste, and connections between painting and literature, as well as other cultural forms.
 
Margaret Hutchison is adjunct lecturer at Australian Catholic University. She is author of Painting War: A History of Australia’s First World War Art Scheme.

Steven Trout is chair of the Department of English and codirector of the Center for the Study of War and Memory at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. He is author of Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the First World War and On the Battlefield of Memory: The First World War and American Remembrance, 1919–1941 and coeditor of World War I in American Fiction: An Anthology of Short Stories.
 
Portraits of Remembrance is a welcome addition to scholarship on commemoration and memory of the First World War.”
—Pearl James, author of The New Death: American Modernism and World War I
 
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