Friends Lecture: Modernism and the Peace Movement

Thursday, April 11, 2013


Pillsbury Auditorium

Grace Brockington

Viewers of Downton Abbey have received a glimpse of life in Britain during World War 1 from differing viewpoints. Learn about the role of art and artists in Britain during that time when Grace Brockington presents "Modernism and the Peace Movement in Britain, 1914-1918." She will describe the officially sanctioned view of war, reported from the battlefield, with depictions of devastated landscapes and dead soldiers, which came to exemplify the heroic war artist. She will also tell the story of a group of pacifists who created a body of work that portrays an entirely different version of wartime culture. The British peace movement was controversial, outspoken, and diverse in its motivation: political (socialist or anarchist), religious (Quakers and other nonconformist denominations), and cultural (the aesthetic pacifism of the Bloomsbury artists). Brockington will introduce artists such as Vanessa Bell and Maxwell Armfield.

Brockington is a senior lecturer in art history at the University of Bristol, and a published author. Current projects include a study of Bell and her contribution to European modernism and internationalism of the fin de siècle.

Free and open to the public.