Art and the Second World War by Monica Bohm-duchenArt and the Second World War by Monica Bohm-duchen

Art and the Second World War

byMonica Bohm-duchen

Hardcover | January 19, 2014

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Art and the Second World Waris the first book in English to provide a comprehensive and detailed international overview of the complex and often disturbing relationship between war and the fine arts during this crucial period of modern history. This generously illustrated volume starts by examining the art produced in reaction to the Spanish Civil War (often viewed as "the first battle of World War II"), and then looks at painting, sculpture, prints, and drawing in each of the major combatant nations, including Japan and China. Breathtaking in scope, this scholarly yet accessible publication places wartime art within its broader cultural, political, and military contexts while never losing sight of the power and significance of the individual image and the individual artist.

Monica Bohm-Duchen's thought-provoking analysis ranges from iconic paintings such as Picasso'sGuernicato unfamiliar works by little-known artists. She reinstates war art by major artists as an integral part of their oeuvres and examines neglected topics such as the art produced in the Japanese-American and British internment camps, by victims of the Holocaust, and in response to the dropping of the atom bomb in 1945. In so doing, Bohm-Duchen addresses a host of fundamental issues, including the relationship between art and propaganda and between art and atrocity, and the role of gender, religion, and censorship, both external and internal.

Art and the Second World Waroffers an unparalleled comparative perspective that will appeal to anyone interested in art history, military history, or political and cultural studies.

Monica Bohm-Duchenis an independent writer, lecturer, and curator. Based in London, she has worked for such leading institutions as the Tate, the National Gallery, and the Royal Academy of Arts. Her many books includeAfter Auschwitz: Responses to the Holocaust in Contemporary Art. She teaches a course on art and war at Birkbeck, Univer...
Title:Art and the Second World WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 10 × 8.5 × 0.98 inPublished:January 19, 2014Publisher:Princeton University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:069114561X

ISBN - 13:9780691145617

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Table of Contents


1 Civil War in Spain 1936-9: 'The First Battle of World War II' 14

2 Art in the Democracies: Great Britain 32

3 Art in the Democracies: the Commonwealth 56

4 Art in the Democracies: the USA 76

5 'France, Once the Haven of Exiles': Victim or Collaborator? 104

6 Art under the Dictators: Russia's Great Patriotic War 126

7 'Imperfect Totalitarianism': Art andn War in Fascist Italy 150

8 Art under the Dictators: Nazi War Art Reassessed 172

9 Art of the Holocaust: Creativity in Extremis 190

10 Bitter Victory: China's War of Resistance against Japan, 1937-45 212

11 Japan's Holy War, 1931-45 226

12 Endgame: Hiroshima and Nagasaki 224


Chronology of Key Events275

Select Bibliography277


Picture Credits283


Editorial Reviews

"Monica Bohm-Duchen has produced a carefully crafted book as valuable as it is disturbing."--Donald Lateiner, Michigan War Studies Review