By Arthur Ward
In WW2 info leaflets and posters proliferated. squaddies have been bombarded with box rules, airmen with the newest updates approximately airborne early caution, bomb attractions and radio navigation and sailors with fabric that helped them establish enemy plane and submarines and instructed them find out how to function the recent send board guns to wreck them.
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Another Hungarian poster artist, George Kürthy, had a far more traditional, illustrative, yet primitive, almost ‘peasant art’ style. His graceful line drawings, to me very reminiscent of the work of English artists Aubrey Beardsley, can be seen decorating many of Hungary’s war-loan posters during the 1914–18 conflict. As the war progressed and the effect of the Allied stranglehold on raw materials and other imports into occupied Europe began to be felt, the need for Austria-Hungary to look to its citizens for financial support became all the more critical.
The fine canvases of oil painters, though catching a mood and often, in an almost subversive way, revealing the inequities of the suffering of ordinary soldiers at the front, could only really be seen in art galleries or on the occasions when they travelled the nation to drum up contributions to national savings and war bonds. The art that most affected public opinion and reached the widest audience was that of the posterist. V. Kealey. ’, a 1915 recruiting poster depicting a mother, daughter and young son watching soldiers march off to war.
Feeding Britain’s new propaganda machinery and those similar departments in each of the other belligerents was an army of some of the greatest artists and illustrators in the world. ’. Field Marshal Horatio Herbert Kitchener had won fame in 1898 for winning the Battle of Omdurman and securing control of the Sudan, becoming ‘Lord Kitchener of Khartoum’. As Army Chief-of-Staff and later Commander-in-Chief in the Second Boer War he had played a key role in suppressing Boer forces. At the start of the First World War, Lord Kitchener became Secretary of State for War, a Cabinet minister, and immediately went about organising the largest volunteer army that Britain had ever raised.