Pro Patria by John Armstrong

Armstrong was an official war artist between 1940 and 1943 and after the war became an active campaigner against nuclear weapons.

Details

Medium:
Tempera & gesso on board Dimensions: 74 x 92 cm
Art Fund grant:
£15,000 ( Total: £55,000)
Acquired in:
1995
Vendor:
Richard Nagy

The scene of Pro Patria is one of muted horror. Something terrible has occurred - a massacre or a violent death amid ruins that had once been a refuge. The religious and political references are equally potent and fused into a single expression of anguish. Pro Patria is a work of European significance in the history of artistic and literary responses to the Spanish Civil War which occupied a special place in the hearts of British people who fought on both sides,

Venue details

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