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As one of the most significant conflicts of the twentieth century, the Spanish Civil War left almost as much of an impact on the artistic landscape as both World Wars. Indeed, some of the past century’s most famous paintings have been inspired by the three-year-long conflict; Picasso’s Guernica immediately springs to mind. It wasn’t just Spanish artist who were affected by the struggles, though. In the latest exhibition to come to Newcastle’s Laing Art Gallery, the role of British artists in the conflict will also be explored.

Conscience & Conflict includes works by Henry Moore, Edward Burra, Wyndham Lewis, John Armstrong and features art from Pablo Picasso himself, who was a great inspiration to many of the British artists. His work The Weeping Woman (1937) will be displayed alongside material describing the impact of Guernica when it first travelled to the UK in 1938.

The exhibition is set to feature works made in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture and printmaking. More than anything, it’s a chance to see works by some of the world’s most famous modern artists in the region and learn more about their connection to Spain’s civil war.

Conscience & Conflict: British Artists and the Spanish Civil War will run at the Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle from Saturday 7th March to Sunday 7th June.

Image credit: ‘Weeping Woman’ by Pablo Picasso ©Tate, London 2015

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