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The Aesthetics of LossGerman Women's Art of the First World War$
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Claudia Siebrecht

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199656684

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656684.001.0001

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The Toll of the Long War

The Toll of the Long War

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The Aesthetics of Loss

Claudia Siebrecht

Oxford University Press

The initial phase of mobilizing in support of the national war effort was brief and abated by the end of 1914 as the long war began to take its toll. The confrontation with the realities of the conflict led to a visual turn in women's art that saw women produce images that attempted to capture the destructive force of the conflict, showed compassion for the enemy and an intense awareness of the mortality of men fighting in a highly mechanized war. Female artists, along with many of their contemporaries, were confronted with the difficulty of reconciling the unprecedented cost of the war and traumatic encounter with wartime violence with their patriotism and genuine loyalty to the soldiers, a tension that added ambivalence to their visual responses.

Keywords:   Wartime death, civilian trauma, nurse, prisoner of war, apocalypse

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