The Great War: Printmakers of World War I and In the Trenches

Obj. No. L.4.2013.13 James McBey (Scottish, 1883–1959) France at Her Furnaces, 1917 drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper Sheet: 10½”H × 16¼”W (26.67 × 41.28 cm) Image: 8⅞“H × 14 15/16”W (22.54 × 37.94 cm) Signed lower right, James McBey; inscribed lower left, McBey January 1917 / XXXVII Image must be credited with the following collection and photo credit lines: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Promised Gift of Frank Raysor Photo: David Stover © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The Great War: Printmakers of World War I
Opening Reception: September 7, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m. *Cancelled*
September 1 – November 5, 2017

World War I, when it began in 1914, was called the war to end all wars, the Great War. It was, at that time, the bloodiest conflict in history, involving more than thirty nations and costing more than seventeen million lives. It was a war fought in the trenches with machine guns and chemical weapons. For the first time in a conflict, war planes took to the skies and armed submarines lurked in the seas.

The stories and emotional impact of the war are documented in 27 prints by British and American artists from the Frank Raysor Collection, on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Their works show scenes of combat in France, life on the home front in the US and the UK, as well as countries coming to terms with the aftermath of the war.

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In the Trenches
Opening Reception: September 7, 2017 from 6 – 8 p.m.
September 1 – November 5, 2017

As a companion exhibit to The Great War: Printmakers of World War I the William King Museum of Art has collected memorabilia from the Great War—uniforms, weapons, mess kits—to give visitors a chance to imagine the lives of soldiers and civilians who lived during this violent and uncertain period of world history.

 

Image details:

James McBey (Scottish, 1883–1959)
France at Her Furnaces, 1917
drypoint printed in black ink on laid paper
Sheet: 10½”H × 16¼”W (26.67 × 41.28 cm)
Image: 8⅞“H × 14 15/16”W (22.54 × 37.94 cm)
Signed lower right, James McBey; inscribed lower left, McBey January 1917 / XXXVII

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Promised Gift of Frank Raysor
Photo: David Stover © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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