Art in World War 1 trench’s
World War One trench art was not only created by soldiers during the war, but also by local people nearby during and after the war. many local people collected the scrap metal from the fields and fashioned it into battlefield souvenirs which were sold to tourists. The bulk of trench art we find today was actually created between the first and second world wars. Objects which had been made in the actual war are considered more valuable by collectors on today’s markets.
Trench art takes many forms, from a bullet casing to carved and shaped lamp stands and vases. The most common pieces are ashtrays, picture frames, lamp stands and vases. Although the range of objects created was large and as many different peices as the personalities of the soldiers themselves. Some of the more unique objects were shoe horns, tankards and helmets.
Tools used to create art objects were mostly found and fashioned from the trenches and supply depots. The artists had bad welding equipment. Some professional tools were available, but these usually belonged to tradesmen and masons forced into battle.
Common designs found on shell casings were simple decorative reflecting the style of the time. Although some pieces were covered with writing identifying the campaign, they rarely had the artist’s name or signature. Items celebrating the end of the war, which are quite common, were obviously created afterwards.
Nash was one of the twelve spared by the shellfire in the charge in the painting. He created this artwork three months later. The war artist crafted a chilling, vivid image. The painting shows men moving forward despite the likelihood of not coming back alive.
Australian painter Arthur Streeton was an Australian Official War Artist . Streeton's most famous war painting, Amiens the key of the west shows the Amiens countryside with dirty plumes of battlefield smoke staining the horizon, which becomes a subtle image of war.