Collection of the week: The Liss Fine Art WWI Collection

Founded in 1991 by Paul Liss and Sacha Llewellyn, Liss Fine Art specialises in the unsung heroes and heroines of British art from 1880 to 1980. During the last 20 years Liss have worked in association with museums to develop a series of in-depth exhibitions to encourage the reappraisal of some lesser known figures of 20th century British art.

In autumn 2014, their exhibition, The Great War, As Recorded through the Fine and Popular Arts, was held at the Morley Gallery, London in collaboration with another Mary Evans contributor, David Cohen Fine Art. The show offered an eclectic and intriguing variety of art from the First World War ranging from paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture to posters, photographs, picture postcards and ceramics. We are now delighted to be representing images of the material featured in that exhibition. Spanning the themes of combat, the home front and the war's aftermath, this is a collection that reflects the unprecedented scale of the conflict and the corresponding visual response.

While some of the better-known official war artists are represented, so too is work by soldiers working independently as well as 'popular arts' which arguably played a greater part in encouraging and retaining the support of both soldiers and civilians. Also of particular note is material that shows us artists' working methods, such as the photograph used by Frank Brangwyn for his Exodus painting, or the elegant design for a stained glass war memorial to the Field Survey Battalion by Ellis Martin. With the centenary of the Armistice and end of the First World War approaching, the Liss Fine Art WWI collection is a welcome addition to our already strong range of imagery documenting the conflict.

Please note that further clearance of artists' copyright may need to be sought on some works in this collection.

Mary Evans Picture Library Ltd.  59 Tranquil Vale  Blackheath  London  SE3 0BS. United Kingdom.
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