War Languages Memories of WW1. Vesa Matteo Piludu. University of Helsinki Department of Art Research. Oral history vs. official propagandistic history. If media and arts are often full of propagandistic or mythological elements, how it is possible to analyze realistic documents on war?
Vesa Matteo Piludu
University of Helsinki
Department of Art Research
Trenches. By 1918 French aerial units were developing and printing as many as 10,000 photographs each night, during periods of intense activity
Captain Burcke, 1918, (Brown, p. 55):
Comradeship amongs English and Germans
Lieutenant Chapman, 1916, (Brown, p. 83):
”War is so very stupid when the people who do the fighting do not hate each other at all. War is the stupidest thing in the whole world. ”
Otto Dix, Flandern (Flanders) (after Le Feu by Henri Barbusse), 1934-6, oil and tempera on canvas, 200 x 250 cm, Staatliche Museen Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin.
William Orpen, To the Unknown British Soldier Killed in France, 1922-7, oil on canvas, 152.4 x 128.3 cm, Imperial War Museum, London (first version).