Another artist new to me (thank you Pinterest!), and again mostly known for work portraying aspects of WWII. Just a coincidence…really!
Evelyn Dunbar was the only woman artist to be employed full-time by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee. She covered the UK home front, especially women’s contribution to the war effort, from 1940 through the end of the war. Although primarily famous for this work, before and after the war she also did book illustrations, landscapes, and murals.
Aside: It seems as though if one was an artist in the 20th century in England, at some point one painted a mural. An excellent process, I think, and one which I wish was emulated here in the States.
I love the detailed look at scenes from what was ordinary life during the war, and the contributions women were making to not only support the soldiers, but also to feed the country, take over men’s traditional jobs, and generally keep the entire country going forward.
The Land Girls, or the Women’s Land Army, was a British civilian organisation created during WWI and reborn in WWII. With so many men away at war, someone needed to work in agriculture and ensure the nation’s food supply. Thus, the Land Girls.
Delve into the life and work of Evelyn Dunbar with Christopher Campbell-Howes excellent and fascinating blog about her here.
There’s also a collection of her paintings on the BBC site Your Paintings.
Biography: Evelyn Dunbar: War and Country
Interested in finding out more about the Land Girls?
Film: The Land Girls
Books: Land Girls, Angela Huth (fiction); Land Girls, Joan Mant (history); A Presumption of Death, Dorothy L. Sayers (mystery)
Television: Land Girls; episode They Fought in the Fields of Foyles’s War (fabulous show, by the way!)