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This is the first showing in Europe of a major exhibition of original paintings and drawings by soldier-artists who served in the First World War.

Brushes with War portrays most major battles and all aspects of the First World War through a chronological narrative. Depicted in oils, watercolours and drawings, the 219 works were created by frontline soldiers from numerous countries from 1914 to 1918.

The works illustrate experiences and struggles through the eyes of men who actually fought in combat, were wounded in action, taken prisoner and survived aerial dogfights. Independent of official censorship and free from the embellishment of popular propaganda the works share something of the soldiers’ personal brushes with war, capturing insights, moods and motifs often missed by official photographers and observers of the war.

Most of the art presented in the exhibition is from the private collection of Joel Parkinson, owner and director of the World War History & Art Museum in Alliance, Ohio, USA, with a further 16 works from Glasgow Museums’ collection.

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