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Women War Artists. Kathleen Palmer by Kathleen Palmer
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Dec 19, 11

bookshelves: art-and-artists, feminism, history, world-war-ii
Recommended to Wayne by: Morgan, my bookshop keeper
Recommended for: any art lover, keen on women's art,war art.
Read from November 04 to December 19, 2011, read count: once

POST-READ:
A very slight but absorbing read, this 90 page paperback
has just been produced to accompany the exhibition
at London's Imperial War Museum which began on 9th April 2011
and concludes on January 8th 2012.
Wouldn't I LOVE to see that!!!!
Especially as I got to know and appreciate a whole swag
of excellent artists I've never heard of before.

They have responded in so many different ways to a huge variety of subjects,
not just battle scenes and life at the front-line.
The war as seen and experienced by civilians, children, women
and women artists on the home front and in the midst of destruction are portrayed.
Themes of memory and history, the morality of war and the challenging
of social attitudes are included.
Idealised propaganda pieces meant to boost morale at home or on the front
are contrasted and compared with more realistic and gritty views.
Male artists are not excluded from works discussed.
I just wish it could have been longer
but then I have to wrap this to send to my nephew and his wife
...as soon as this review is finished!!!!For Xmas, 2011.

AS well, an excellent Index and Image List; Further Reading under a variety of headings;
several Biographies of Artists; and lists of Commissions from various bodies,
purchases made and artists involved.


PRE-READ:
Only yesterday evening my dear nephew Ben returned from the War in Afghanistan
...armed only with the metaphorical paintbrush of the War Artist.

Thankfully his stay was a brief 3 weeks,
and yet his absence stuck like a piece of chewing gum
to the backs of all our minds.
My Fantasy of telling him he just couldn't go
and leave Kylie and the two little kids
resolved itself and vanished when I realised
he could stay and be killed on our roads within a week.
You can't hide from Life.
Stay, bailed up in your safe little house,
and you get pulverised by the next stray comet,
or a falling Qantas jet.
You seize Life and what it offers with two hands,
for the alternative is that Life will seize you
and shake you - ruthlessly.
When I witnessed, not long before he left, Ben's enthusiasm
and reminded him to look at the etchings of Goya's and Otto Dix's vivid
condemnations of War - Christ Alive, he already had and MORE
- courtesy of the War Museum in Canberra,
only then was I able to let go.

My Great bookseller, Morgan, searched out this for me
yesterday when I told her Ben was arriving.
Ben was the ONLY male student enrolled to do the Course
on Women and Feminism at Uni,
so I knew he would JUMP at this nice little volume.

NOW the problem is...always a problem lurking!!!...
another Xmas Present that I have to race and read
before I have to hand it over.
Life just ISN'T fair.
Whoops....feel a ruthless shake coming on!!!

PS. If you google "Ben Quilty" you will be able to see some of Ben's
art works and his nice smiley face!!!!
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