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Truth and Memory in British Art of the First World War

First World War Art at the Imperial War Museum in London.

Oppy Wood 1917, Evening. By John Nash. © IWM (Art.IWM ART 2243)

Imperial War Museum curators in London have been giving special talks on the largest exhibition of British First World War Art for nearly 100 years.

One of the paintings presented is John Nash’s ‘Oppy, Wood, 1917. Evening.’

This was commissioned by the British War Memorial Committee set up by the Ministry of Information early in 1918.

The Committee developed a scheme to build a ‘Great memorial gallery’ devoted to ‘fighting subjects, home subjects and the war at sea and in the air’.

The talks are free to members of the public on 7 February and 7 March at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Experts highlight key pieces and themes within the exhibition.

They will also discuss the impact that these works had on future generations.

The commemoration of the Great War has coincided with the Museum in Camberwell creating a series of First World War galleries.

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