In a powerful new exhibit at the Canadian War Museum the work of two soldier/artists illustrate wartime experiences expressed through artwork. Canadian, and Group of Seven artist, A.Y. Jackson and Germany's Otto Dix depict the brutality of the First World War through their artistic eyes.
The exhibit includes over 70 war-influenced paintings, drawings and prints that come from international private collections. The pieces are arranged chronologically in five sections to represent significant events in history and within the artist's lives.
Both artists were deeply affected by their experiences as soldiers and express these intense feelings in their work. For Jackson his landscape paintings of dead trees and wilderness were reminders of the devastations to land that he witnessed during his time at war. While Dix's work portrayed death and devastation along with rebirth.
"The lifeless trees in Jackson's A Copse, Evening (1918) serve as a symbol of the human cost of war, and a reminder of the brutality of the First World War. In Dix's Gräben vor Reims II (1915), flowers bloom riotously above the trenches, reflecting the artist's ideas about how the maternal Earth both kills and nurtures life". Canadian National War Museum
The exhibition runs April 10 to September 2014