Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918
23 Mar 2019, 10 a.m. - 3 Nov 2019, 5 p.m.
Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918 at the Munnings Art Museum.
In 1918 Alfred Munnings was appointed to be a war artist in France for the Canadian Cavalry Brigade and later for the Canadian Forestry Corps. At the war's end his paintings from France were bought by the Canadian government and are now in the collection of the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.
In the centenary year of their first exhibition in 1919 at the Royal Academy, London, The Munnings Art Museum is both delighted and privileged to have on loan from Canada forty-one of these war paintings. This is a rare opportunity to see the finished pictures alongside the sketches which inspired them from The Munnings Art Museum's own collection.
Munnings' war paintings were much admired at the time and proved to be pivotal in the development of his career. In later life he reflected that “I have often wondered had there been no 1914-18 war whether painting people on horseback would have absorbed the greater part of my efforts in the years that followed”.
This exhibition has been developed by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with the Munnings Art Museum and generously supported by The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.