The Armistice and the Aftermath (Kindle)
The Story in Art
Armistice Day in 1918 was arguably the most joyous day of the 20th century. As the guns fell silent, crowds celebrated across the Western world.
The foremost artists of all nations including Pierre Bonnard in Paris and Gilbert Beal in New York, were inspired to convey the emotions of this historic moment. The Irish painter William Orpen was in Amiens.
The tense and difficult process of making the peace ensued. Orpen and Augustus John were assigned as official artists at the Versailles conference. Painters also recorded on canvas the extraordinary closing events of the War, including the surrender of the entire German battle fleet.
One hundred years on, The Armistice and the Aftermath brings together, in one book, a superb collection of the most epic paintings of the era. The result, with informed and perceptive commentary, is a unique record of those momentous days which not only re-drew the world map but, more ominously, shaped the future of the 20th Century.
I am riveted. Absolutely fascinating and captures the spirit of the moment wonderfully, along with the geopolitical impact. The paintings are so evocative - they bring one into the heart of the war, its impact and aftermath at a very human level.Rose Fenton
As featured in 'Top 5: Pick of the best books'Yorkshire Post, 21st September 2018