Ann Murray

8-Week Course on War in Art since 1900 commencing on 31 January 2019 at University College Cork


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Jennifer Heath: The Map is not a Territory

Jennifer Heath's research on the work of artists in conflicted territory. Click on image to go to site.

War in Art: War and Visual Culture since 1900 provides an introduction to the impact of war on visual culture from the first years of the 20th century to the present.  The course will take place in UCC’s Centre for Adult Continuing Education, Thursdays 7-9 pm. Registration details are on UCC’s Adult Continuing Education website here

Course Outline

This course introduces students to the visual culture of war, from the art of the World War I battlefields to the public memorials commemorating the Yugoslav Wars of the 1990s. The ongoing World War I centenary commemorations have revived public interest in the famous works of art it generated by the conflict, and through this course, students will learn how the art of World War I and that of the century that followed has shaped, reshaped – even misshaped – the public perception of war by engaging with key works of art, photography and popular art forms such as film and illustrated magazines. By focusing on key historical moments, students will gain insight to the social, political and cultural factors that prompted artists to create some of the most enduring, provocative images of the violent 20th century and since. Each class is divided into two sections – Lecture 1 provides an overview of the art of a specific conflict or historical moment, and Lecture 2 is a case study that enables students to focus in more detail on a key topic or figure related to the content of Lecture 1. In addition to class handouts, a reading list of materials accessible online will be provided.

Week 1: Lecture 1: The First World War in European Visual Culture Lecture 2: Case study: British and German war artists

Week 2: Lecture 1: Propaganda and the Rise of Fascism in art and popular culture in the 1930s Lecture 2: Case Study: Anti-Fascism in German visual culture

Week 3: Lecture 1: World War II Lecture 2: Case Study: The art of the Holocaust

Week 4: Lecture 1: The Korean and Vietnam Wars Lecture 2: Case Study: Press photography and the Vietnam War

Week 5: Lecture 1: Ireland during the Revolutionary years, 1913-1923 Lecture 2: Case Study: John Lavery’s High Treason: The Appeal of Roger Casement, The Court of Criminal Appeal, 17 and 18 July 1916

Week 6: Lecture 1: Northern Ireland – the art of the Troubles Lecture 2: Case Study: Willie Doherty – witness and artist of the Troubles

Week 7: Lecture 1: Contemporary wars in visual culture 1 Lecture 2: Case Study: Contemporary official war artists

Week 8: Lecture 1: Contemporary wars in visual culture 2 Lecture 2: The Memory of the Balkan Wars in Croatia


Globalising and Localising the Great War

Research Network, Centre for Global History, Oxford University

Ben Reilly-Artist

Some intriguing reflections on combat in this work by Irish artist Ben Reilly. Visit site by clicking on the image of Ben's work above.

With fellow delegates of the German Art panel, Artistic Expressions and the Great War, Hofstra University, New York, Nov 9, 2018.

Hofstra-World War I conference November 2018

German Studies Association – 2018 Conference, 27-30 September 2018

I'll be presenting my research on Otto Dix's war pictures at the German Studies Association conference, Pittsburgh, 27-30 Sept 2018, as part of the War and Violence Network. Click on image above to get the latest news on the conference.

Against a militarised culture: Re-assessing Käthe Kollwitz’s War series in post-World War I Germany

I will give a talk at the study day at the National Gallery of Ireland on 11 Nov 2017, on Kaethe Kollwitz's War series. For more info and the complete list of other speakers, please visit:

New publication

Guernica by Jorg Martin Merz. Click on image for more info...

CFP: The Art of Battle, Rome, 16-17 Nov 2017

Deadline: 15 May 2017. Conference in Eng/Ger/It/Fr. More info here...

Documentary in the making…

Michael Bluett: Wartorn Britain Young British filmmaker Michael Bluett has produced a half-hour long documentary entitled 'Wartorn Britain'. Please have a look at his work by clicking on the image above or at the link below, and if possible, provide him with some feedback. The documentary is part of his MPhil work at the University of Manchester.