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Greenlit: Artists of War, BBC4

Artists Of War (3 x 60′) –  Presented by Andrew Graham-Dixon, this documentary series explores the life and work of three great but often neglected British artists – Walter Sickert, David Bomberg and Paul Nash. Each artist will be the subject of a programme examining their relationship with some of the major events of the 20th century, including World War One.

The first programme looks at the work of Walter Sickert. It explores how Sickert developed a new British art capable of commenting on 20th-century experiences and examines his response to the Great War.

The second programme focuses on David Bomberg, a reclusive figure who created some of the most memorable paintings of the first half of the 20th century. Bomberg was a pioneer of the English movement known as Vorticism and developed ways to express the spiritual aspirations of a generation scarred by war.

The third programme looks at the tragically short career of Paul Nash. Focusing primarily on his compelling images of both world wars, it also investigates the sad circumstances behind his early death, seemingly caused by the inhalation of mustard gas during World War One.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: DNA Production

TX: 2014

Source: BBC press release


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