Many poems, songs and works of literature were inspired by the Great War. If you go to the Culture section of the Bibliography, you will find many books devoted to this subject.

Max Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook realized early in the war that even the best films and photographs could not capture the full truth about the war. He wrote that "only paintings could provide the most permanent and vital form in which the great deeds of the Canadian Nation in the war could be enshrined for posterity." In the autumn of 1916, he established the Canadian War Memorial Fund - a system of patronage that was far ahead of its time. Artists that participated were deemed to be 'The King's Guests' and were given honorary commissions in the Canadian Corps and salaries from the Canadian government. Their other expenses - for travel, materials and studio rental - were covered by the War Records Office. The subjects were Canadian, and although Aitken first assumed that the artists would all be British, he soon realized that Canada was producing exceptional artists, and A.Y. Jackson, Maurice Cullen, F.H. Varley and Arthur Lismer all became 'King's Guests.'

To see some of the paintings, and send a postcard to a friend, Click here.
To listen to songs from the Great War, Click here.

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