Coquelicot Art of the First World War
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  The fighting men

Mobilisation meant that civilians suddenly became soldiers plunged into a whole new world, governed by different laws: the world of military order and imminent death. In spite of the propaganda in both camps which depicted the artificial image of triumphant heroes, it was not like that at all. Up until the nineteenth century, war had mainly been the affair of career soldiers but now it was gradually absorbing greater and greater numbers of people. After 1914, one's social class and occupation were no longer taken into account. This war in which everybody was fighting against everybody else was first and foremost a war of civilians of all nationalities with compulsory conscription for those of an age to bear arms. It was as simple as that.

The battlefield . . .

  3 - Pablo Picasso
4 - Otto Dix
5 - Lovis Corinth
6 - Max Beckmann
7 - William Orpen
8 - André Mare
9 - Egon Schiele
10 - Ernst Ludwig Kirchner