'Grand Illusions' Highlights The Art Of World War I

May 24, 2016

World War I was called the "war to end all wars." And many artists expressed their frustration with or support of the war through paintings, sculptures, films and posters in the years following the conflict.

"Allies Day, May 1917" by Child Hassam
Credit Courtesy David Lubin

In his new book, "Grand Illusions: American Art and the First World War" (Oxford University Press/2016), David Lubin shows two dozen artists' interpretation of World War I and how the war influenced popular media.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Lubin, Charlotte C. Weber Professor of Art at Wake Forest University, about the ways art illustrates war.

Here are some of the images in Lubin's book:

"The Germans Arrive" by George Bellow

"The Germans Arrive" by George Bellow
Credit Courtesy David Lubin

"AD 1914" by Man Ray

"AD 1914" by Man Ray
Credit Courtesy David Lubin

"Destroy This Mad Brute" by H.R. Hopps

"Destroy This Mad Brute" by H.R. Hopps
Credit Courtesy David Lubin