Now, in commemoration of the centenary of Armistice Day, a prestigious collection of Alfred Munnings works dating to 1918 from the Canadian War Museum go on display in the UK for the first time since 1919. This remarkable exhibition at the National Army Museum brings together more than 40 exquisite paintings that showcase Munnings's emerging mastery of equine subjects. Alfred Munnings: War Artist has been developed by the Canadian War Museum in partnership with The Munnings Art Museum and generously supported by The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.
Charge of Flowerdew's Squadron Painted by Alfred Munnings in 1918 Oil on canvas Beaverbrook Collection of War Art Canadian War Museum
'It is a pleasure to share works by Alfred Munnings with an international audience,' said Mark O'Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian War Museum and Canadian Museum of History. 'His paintings of First World War scenes – from the men and horses who served in wartime, to forests and battlefields -are an evocative reflection not only of Canada's military history, but the development of one of England's best-known artists.'
Among the highlights on display is Ruined Chateau at Ennemain, Near Athies, painted by Munnings in 1918. The somber painting is a striking reminder of the devastating destruction and desolation that swept through France during the war. Also on display is Charge of Flowerdew's Squadron, 1918, which depicts the gallant charge of the Canadian Cavalry Brigate at Moreuil Wood on 30 March 1918. Most of the troopers and their horses were tragically shot down in a hail of small arms fire from German soldiers.
The works on display 'are amongst the best work by the artist and, exhibited together, they tell an evocative story of service and sacrifice by both soldiers and horses', said Justin Maciejewski, Director of the National Army Museum.
The exhibition is accompanied by a book edited by Dr Jonathan Black, 'Alfred Munnings: Memory, The War Horse and the Canadians in 1918', and a public programme at the National Army Museum.
|What||Alfred Munnings: War Artist, 1918, National Army Museum|
|Where||National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Rd SW3 4HT, SW3 4HT | MAP|
30 Nov 18 – 03 Mar 19, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
|Price||£6 adult, £5 concession, £4 group, under 16 free|
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