50 Years Ago: Artists and War
The world will never know what men of talent, of genius, who probably would have contributed their quota in the realms of art and literature, poetry and science,’ have, through their masters’ orgy of futile organised slaughter, been crushed and destroyed in the ruthless progress of the ‘great war’. It is indeed a tragedy for the individuals and for humanity also.
To the Socialist it is pleasant to know that certain artists “continue their work as though they had never heard of the war which is now raging”. The spirit of art and that of the warrior are frankly antagonistic. One is creative and contemplative; the other is destructive, and thinks in terms of force.
(From an article by ‘G’ in the Socialist Standard, September 1917).