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These prints show how artists reacted to World War I

And you can see them in Dublin.

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A NEW EXHIBITION launched in Dublin yesterday showcases artists’ reactions to World War I.

The new exhibition, ‘Efforts & Ideals: Prints of The First World War’ features 66 works from 18 artists created in the latter years of the seismic conflict. The works were donated to the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square in 1917 and depict scenes from the battle and domestic fronts.

All were commissioned by the British Government in 1917 to bolster public support for the war in the face of horrific loss of life and have never been exhibited in Ireland until now. ‘Efforts & Ideals’ follows the success of last year’s ‘Dublin Divided’ which marked the centenary of the Dublin Lockout and admission is free.

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Dr. Margarita Cappock of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane curated the exhibition which runs until 22 February next year. She says that the centenary of the Great War has sparked renewed interest.

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“Interest in the First World War and in the memorable events of a century ago is growing all the time.

“The exhibition is a fascinating opportunity to see how artists of the time attempted to understand the conflict as it was still evolving. As they were created to increase public support for the war they also illustrate how art was itself another battleground in the War.”

The exhibition opens in conjunction with the Dublin Festival of History which runs from 26 September to 8 October.

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