Serbs in retreat
The Italian artist Aldo Carpi shows the retreat of the Serbian army to Albania from German, Austrian-Hungarian and Bulgarian forces, in the autumn of 1915. During the retreat about 300,000 soldiers and civilian refugees died because of the cold, illness and continued attacks. Carpi was part of the rescue effort for those who survived.
L’episodio raffigurato da Aldo Carpi si riferisce alla ritirata dell’esercito serbo verso l’Albania avvenuta nell’autunno del 1915 a causa dell’offensiva degli eserciti tedesco, austo-ungarico e bulgaro. Durante il tragitto morirono circa trecentomila uomini tra soldati e profughi civili, a causa delle difficoltà nell'attraversare quel territorio impervio, del freddo, delle epidemie e degli attacchi subiti. L’autore di questo disegno prese parte direttamente al salvataggio di coloro che riuscirono a sopravvivere.
- Article by:
- Peter Gatrell
Professor Peter Gatrell examines the upheaval and struggles faced by millions of European civilians who were made refugees – either by enemy occupation or by the state’s forcible deportation – during World War One.
- Article by:
- Paul Gough
- Representation and memory
Professor Paul Gough introduces British and Belgian artists of World War One, from Henry de Groux and his eyewitness responses to the Belgian invasion, to the later generation of British artists who transformed their frontline experiences into abstract, modernist artworks.