Margaret Hutchison - Painting War

Friday 17 May 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
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Associate Professor Anna Johnston will launch Margaret Hutchison's Painting War: A History of Australia's First World War Art Scheme.

What is the relationship between war and art? And how has war art shaped Australia’s memory of conflict? In Painting War, Margaret Hutchison explores the creation of Australia’s first collection of war paintings and its role in commemorating the First World War.

The book tells the fascinating story of the genesis of one of Australia’s most enduring forms of commemoration. It argues that the artworks had many makers beyond the artists and examines the interaction between government officials and military officers and their selection of official artists and subjects for the war paintings. Their approach profoundly shaped the character of the war art collection and continues to influence the way successive Australian artists have represented conflict in their work.

Richly illustrated and rigorously researched, Painting War is the first book to provide an understanding of the individuals, institutions and the politics behind the war art scheme that helped shape a national memory of the First World War for Australia.

Dr Margaret Hutchison is a lecturer in History in the School of Arts at the Australian Catholic University, Brisbane. She has taught and published widely on war art. Her research interests focus on the history of war, culture and memory.