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The British Artist
Sarah O'Brian-Twohig
"The situation...about the British artist is ... that the young avant-gardes were drafted into commemorating the war officially.

"So they couldn't, obviously, make any reference to great suffering. That wasn't part of the brief. In fact, the brief was to create a heroic memory of the war. So, that's why Paul Nash's images are quite detached when it comes to the human suffering. It's the ravages of the landscape, the ravages of the war machinery, rather than the human bodies."

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