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Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War

 

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Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War
September 1, 2017 to January 7, 2018

Witness: Canadian Art of the First World War explores how the First World War was documented in Canadian art, both at home and overseas.

The travelling exhibition is comprised of deeply personal testimonies and documentary records of the conflict. With very few exceptions, the works on display in Witness are from the Canadian War Museum's Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. They include both large canvasses completed by artists hired by the Canadian War Memorials Fund and intimate soldiers' sketches made from behind the front lines and in prisoner-of-war camps. The exhibition includes a number of official war art pieces by renowned artists, A. Y. Jackson, Frederick Varley, David Milne, and Mabel May.

Many of the personal drawings and paintings were done by soldier artists and have remained in private family collections until they were donated to the Canadian War Museum. This is the first time these works will be on public display.

Lambton At War

To enhance the exhibition, JNAAG will mount a small version of the Lambton Heritage Museum's Lambton At War exhibition in the Dr. J. Telford Biehn Gallery. Lambton At War explores the contributions made by the men, women and families of Lambton County who fought or supported Canada's wars and peacekeeping missions around the world. Letters, postcards, photographs, and handwritten letters between family and friends and soldiers overseas will be on display.