Canvas of War Essay

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Canvas of War

The Canvas of War exhibit exemplifies the various sides of life during the war. The layout
of the works alone was very effective in the sense that one led into the next as you moved
along looking at them. The styles implemented range from a stylistic approach, mainly
surreal in nature, and many were highly detailed realistic paintings. The paintings
themselves speak volumes for the hardships the soldiers faced as well as the hardships of
life for those at home trying to make ends meet while their family members were out
fighting. It was a very difficult time for many, and the exhibit communicates this very
well to the public, especially the younger generation which are not too familiar with the
past history of war. The First World War images of battle, hospital corps, heroic
portraits and gathering soldiers take the visitor through the confused emotions of life in
wartime. One image that truly has expression to it in my opinion is that of Ablain-St.
Nazaire by J.W. Beatty. It depicts a war torn land with dead and broken trees, only their
stumps remaining. In the distant background there is a church which has also been
destroyed during the war. The destruction of the church is symbolic of religion being
tossed aside during war, a time were instinct is your only chance of survival. The
painting uses very cool colours which gives a sense of relief to the viewer. It signifies
that its all over, and the green grass and shrubs that are now growing symbolize a new
life or rebirth. After a war is over most people have to start at square one again, which
is what this image shows, so for that reason I believe it is truly effective.

Through examining the various artworks in this exhibit I have found many styles never
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