Event: The Great War in Portraits
Location: National Portrait Gallery, WC2
The Great War in Portraits is a wide-ranging exhibition of First World War portraits, commemorating the centenary of the start of the war.
It starts with formal portraits of those involved in the politics, from the European monarchs who played their part in the outbreak of the war, from George V, his cousins Tsar Nicolas II and Kaiser Wilhelm II, onto the military commanders who orchestrated the campaigns, from Haig to Hindenburg.
Other rooms display pictures of ordinary soldiers, those who won awards for bravery, and servicemen who were injured, some horrifically, who were treated by pioneering plastic surgeon Harold Gillies.
There are also works by well-known painters, such as Jacob Epstein as well as German Expressionists such as Max Beckmann and Ludwig Kirchner.
Loans for the exhibition have come from museums here (the Tate, the Imperial War Museum, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art), as well as from Germany (the Stadtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus und Kunstbau in Munich for example).
This is the first large-scale exhibition in London commemorating the centenary of the First World War. In the summer the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Galleries will reopen (on 19th July 2014), after an extensive refurbishment programme.
The Great War in Portraits is on at the National Portrait Gallery off Trafalgar Square until 15th June 2014, open daily 10am to 6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays and Fridays.