EFFORTS AND IDEALS: PRINTS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR │ National Museum Cardiff → 4 January 2015

Ɖ vri soul v ɖ wor z t b réd in ɖ set v sixtīsix briłnt liʈ̇grafs. (Ɖ Iḷstretd Lundn Nyz, 1917)

Bî 1917, aftr ʈri yirz v hād fîtñ in ɖ Frst Wrldwor, unpreṣdntd los v lîf n incrisñ hādšp at hom, ɖ Britiš guvnmnt wr lcñ fr wez v dveḷpñ public ṣpwt fr ɖ Wor n jeṇretñ fnanšl ṣpwt. Ɖs xibišn priznts ɖ 66 liʈ̇grafs fṛm a printpwtfolio ɖt wz cmišnd bî Welñtn Hâs, a guvnmntdipātmnt sīcṛtli set p t pṛdys proṗganda in 1917.

It wz ɖ most ambišs printprojct v ɖ Frst Wrldwor.  Êtīn ātists cntribytd t ɖ siriz, includñ sm v ɖ most seḷbretd ātists v ɖ tîm. Ɖe wr publišt in an idišn v 200 bî ɖ Fîn Āt Ssayti n printd undr ɖ drẋn v Ŕnist Jacsn, hmslf a cntribytr t ɖ Îdiylz siriz.

Ɖ prints wr t b dspled in gaḷriz arnd Britn n abrwd – in Frans, America n Caṇda n sold t rêz fundz fr ɖ woref̣t.  Dspt gd prescuvrij, ɖ printseilz dd nt mīt xpectešnz, n ɖ guvnmnt md a los on ɖ projct az a hol. Bî šowñ ɖs wrc tgɖr az a grūp wns agn, ɖs xibišn rı̣sesz ɖer significns az imijz v Frstwrldwor proṗganda n, wɖ ɖ pasij v tîm, alâz a ny ōdı̣ns t vy ɖ intîr swìt v imijz.

Ɖ wrcs r split intu tu subjcts, Îdiylz n Ef̣ts.  Ɖ Îdiylz xpres ɖ emz n ambišns v ɖ wor ʈru ys v aḷgri n simḅlizm. Twelv ātists, includñ Edṃnd Dylac, Ōgusṭs Jon n Wiłm Roʈ̇nstîn, cntribytd t ɖ Îdiylz siriz wɖ subjcts sč az Ɖ Frīdm v ɖ Sìz, Ɖ Rīcnstruẋn v Beljm n Ɖ Trîumf v Dmocṛsi.

Nîn ātists, includñ Crisṭfr Ričd Wín Nevinsn, Eric Kenñtn, Myrhed Bôn n Čālz Pérz md prints fr ɖ Ef̣ts pwtfolioz, č pṛdysñ six imijz undr a sngl ʈīm sč az Mcñ Soljrz, Mcñ Gunz, Bildñ Šips or Wrc on ɖ Land. Ɖz prints ofr a fasinetñ ôvrvy v mni wōractivtiz, includñ ɖ vîtl rôl ɖt mni wimin plêd.

Ātistcli ɖ wrcs r vri dfṛnt, rflctñ ɖ vẹriyñ trendz in Britiš āt at ɖ tîm. Nevinsn’z prints r modn, linı̣r n dṛmatc, Perz’ imijz r dīteld n načṛlistc, ẇraz Roʈ̇nstîn cmynicets hiz subjct ʈru simpl, perd-dân imijz.

Ɖs xibišn brñz tgɖr ɖ fl set v liʈ̇grafs fr ɖ frst tîm on public dsple in Wêlz n z ṣpwtd bî a siriz v fri twcs, activtiz n ivnts.”

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