Coquelicot Art of the First World War
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C. R. W. Nevinson, A Taube, 1916-17, oil on canvas, 63.5 x 76.2 cm, Imperial War Museum, London.

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Total war

61 - C. R. W. Nevinson

During the Great War, aerial bombing raids were carried out against civilian targets by both the artillery and the airforce. Here, Nevinson denounces the German airforce - the Taube and its attacks against civilian populations - even though such attacks were more often carried out by airships such as the Zeppelin, and the Allied airforces had also attacked German towns in the Ruhr as the bombers' range of action increased. A closer perusal of the painting is highly instructive in that it prefigures all those photographs and paintings which, during the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War and those which followed, chose civilian targets - an even more odious crime as there were children involved, as is the case here.