This exhibition draws largely from The Hepworth Wakefield’s outstanding collection of 1940s British works on paper.
The material on display at Victoria Art Gallery, allows visitors to revisit a decade of anxiety, austerity and idealism that resonates strongly with the present day. Many of the works in this exhibition were commissioned for the nation through the War Artists Advisory Committee which sought to provide opportunities for artists to create ‘not simply a record of the facts, but of what the war felt like’ for the benefit of future generations. These pictures, many by women artists, reveal the impact of war on the home front.
This exhibition also recalls the part that the city of Bath played in this story, detailing the events of the Baedeker Raids of April 1942. The resulting devastation was documented by artists including Norma Bull, Leslie Atkinson and Clifford and Rosemary Ellis. These works enable visitors to appreciate the impact of the war on local people.