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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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Art and Grief

Art and Grief

(p.75) 3 Art and Grief
The Aesthetics of Loss

Claudia Siebrecht

Oxford University Press

German female artists depicted many examples and different variations of the female mourner that were generated by the traumatic confrontation with mass death and mass bereavement in war. Women's visual responses served as a tool to highlight the disconsolate nature of women's bereavement and to re-imagine burial rites that had been obstructed by the conflict. These images capture the dynamics of the ‘communities’ in mourning that emerged locally all over Europe during the war, but, importantly, the figure of the female mourner occupies a particular presence. In this gendered view of bereavement, exposing women's emotional pain visually served to express emotions that were incongruous in wartime society and to challenge the viewer with a different perspective on wartime loss.

Keywords:   Bereavement, female mourner, burial rites, emotions, war dead, grave, art, identity

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