The Miseries of War: 1618 and 1914
Artists Jacques Callot (1592-1635) and George Grosz (1893-1959) lived in tumultuous times: Callot during the devastating pan-European conflict of the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) and Grosz throughout the horrors of the First World War (1914-1918). Both men were gifted practitioners and immensely influential in emerging mediums, Callot in etching and Grosz in photo-lithography.
Both captured the suffering and injustice they witnessed and experienced in the form of an unfolding series with accompanying text, impressive technical and artistic achievements and powerful anti-war statements.
In this exhibition, Callot’s Les Grandes Misères et Malheurs de la Guerre (The Large Miseries and Misfortunes of War),1633 and Grosz’s Hintergrund (Background), 1928, are brought together to reflect on the impact of war in Europe, several centuries apart.