Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War
February 8, 2018 – May 27, 2018
One hundred years ago, artists and soldiers of the First World War used art to convey to Canadians what they had witnessed. In grappling with how to depict the unfamiliar sights — tanks and gas attacks, dead and wounded fellow soldiers and friends, total destruction of the world around them — some artists fit these new experiences within a familiar artistic framework. Others recognized and embraced the novelty of the experience finding new ways to depict the war. Today, these same works continue to help us understand and appreciate Canada’s role in this unprecedented global conflict.