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WILLIAM ORPEN official war artist

Sir William Newenham Montague Orpen
(1878 – 1931), Biography

William was born in Stillorgan, County Dublin and went on to become a draughtsman and painter in the run up to World War I. During the War, Orpen was drafted as an official War Artist, and travelled to the Western Front where he painted and drew dead soldiers, prisoners of war and official portraits. The horrors of war took an impact on his work, and art critics noted a much more detached essence to his post-war creations. He died in London, aged 53.

William Orpen's Paintings

the wash house by william orpen
the flycatcher, ireland
THE WASH HOUSE
THE FLYCATCHER
zonnebeke war painting, william orpen
ZONNEBEKE

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Purchase the Book

William Orpen: Politics, Sex and Death
by Robert Upstone (Editor),Roy Foster (Editor),David Fraser Jenkins (Editor)

This book, which accompanies a retrospective exhibition at the Imperial War Museum London in January 2005, reappraises an artist who, at the time of his death in 1931, was probably the best-known painter in Britain. The book reveals the full variety of William Orpen's work from his highly accomplished portraits, his revitalization of the nude and the conversation piece, to his extraordinary allegories and war paintings. It analyzes the series of self-portraits, many mocking his own character with a mixture of humor and bitterness, that are a particular feature of his oeuvre. His experiences as an official war artist in France from 1917 to 1919 made him cynical of politicians. Although he painted brilliant portraits of these very men, and of generals and war heroes, he also produced some bitter allegories of war. The war years form the climax of both the book and the exhibition.

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[Paul Nash] [Augustus John] [Austin Spare] [Bruce Bairnsfarther] [Alfred Lee] [David Bomberg] [Eric Ravilious] [William Rothenstein] [Leonard Raven-Hill] [Frank Brangwyn] [John Lavery] [Francis Dodd] [Stanley Spencer] [Mervyn Peake] [Muirhead Bone] [Cyril-Bird] [William Roberts] [William Orpen] [Mark Gertler] [Philip Steer] [John Hassall] [Wyndham Lewis]



American Soldiers, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
American Soldiers


Wiesbaden, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Wiesbaden


A German sniper, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
A German sniper


Und eure Pflicht?, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Und eure Pflicht?


B-25 Bombers, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
B-25 Bombers


Dover, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Dover


Get a Move on, war poster, photo, wwi, wwii
Get a Move on