Ten remarkable First World War paintings now on show in York Art Gallery

Truth & Memory - York Art Gallery's exhibition of more than 60 pieces from the First World War
28 Mar 2016 @ 9.40 pm
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A French Highway, by John Nash, 1918, copyright IWM
A French Highway, by John Nash, 1918, copyright IWM

The largest exhibition of British First World War Art for almost 100 years is now on show at York Art Gallery.

These are just a few of more than 60 artworks from IWM (Imperial War Museums) and will feature some of the most iconic images to emerge from the First World War, including paintings by Paul Nash, Percy Wyndham Lewis, CRW Nevinson, Stanley Spencer and William Orpen.

Entitled Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War, the exhibition includes many of the paintings shown in 2014 at IWM London to mark the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.

Truth and Memory

York Art Gallery

Mar 25 – Sept 4, 2016

£7.50 adult, 16 and under free with a paying adult

Art gallery website

York Art Gallery is the only other venue to be hosting the exhibition, which will include a new thematic display as well as works from the York Art Gallery’s permanent collection.

Laura Turner, senior curator of art for York Museums Trust, said:

We are thrilled to welcome some of the most iconic paintings of the First World War to York as part of this major exhibition.

York is the only other venue to host this incredibly moving collection of works which have helped shape the nation’s perception of the conflict and war itself.

George Clausen, Youth Mourning 1916, copyright IWM
George Clausen, Youth Mourning 1916, copyright IWM

Richard Slocombe, senior curator of art at IWM, said:

York Art Gallery has given us a fantastic and very different space to present this exhibition, allowing us to show some of the larger works together for the first time since the Royal Academy’s show The Nation’s War Paintings in 1919.

Throughout, I have looked for links to tie the works more closely to Yorkshire, whether this be the painting of the casualties from the Battle of the Somme arriving at Charing Cross Station, which was painted by Huddersfield artist J Hodgson Lobley, or works shown in the Paul Nash retrospective at Temple Newsam in 1943.

We are Marking a New World, by Paul Nash, copyright IWM
We are Marking a New World, by Paul Nash, copyright IWM

Comprised predominantly of works from IWM’s Art Collection, the exhibition will show how artists of all ages, traditions and backgrounds, strived to represent the unprecedented, epoch-defining events of the First World War.

To the Unknown British Soldier in France (1921-1928), by William Orpen, copyright IWM
To the Unknown British Soldier in France (1921-1928), by William Orpen, copyright IWM
A Battery Shelled, by Percy Wyndham Lewis (1919) copyright IWM
A Battery Shelled, by Percy Wyndham Lewis (1919) copyright IWM
A group of Soldiers, by CRW Nevinson, Copyright IWM
A group of Soldiers, by CRW Nevinson, Copyright IWM
The NCO Pilot, RFC. (Flight Sergeant W G Bennett), by William Orpen 1917, copyright IWM
The NCO Pilot, RFC. (Flight Sergeant W G Bennett), by William Orpen 1917, copyright IWM


Nash, Paul, The Menin Road, 1919
Nash, Paul, The Menin Road, 1919
Oppy Wood, 1917. Evening, by John Nash copyright IWM
Oppy Wood, 1917. Evening, by John Nash copyright IWM
Paths of Glory by CRW Nevinson, 1917, copyright IWM
Paths of Glory by CRW Nevinson, 1917, copyright IWM