Leaders of leaders - Tyler Armstrong

This gallery pays homage to a few of the greatest American war generals in our nation’s history with their oil paintings.  They protected our nation and many other countries around the world from tyranny.  Leaders of leaders, these generals shaped our way of life with freedom and gave us the foundation needed to build and sustain a democratic government. 

This piece illustrates Charles Cotesworth Pickney is his American Continental “Blue Coat” uniform early in his military career. The artist used shape and space to give the piece depth to his surroundings by making him appear closer than the trees. The artist also uses contrast to help set the time of day as either early in the morning, or as the sun sets.
This painting is of the famous George Washington, general to the Continental Army that won our independence from Great Britain. He was also our nation’s first President of the United States. The artist uses contrast to provide the viewer with the sense that there is strong light source coming from the front of the painting.
This is a painting of Winfried Scott. An American Army general who holds the record for the most time served on Active Duty. He is known as one of the greatest strategists ever. The artist uses contrast to set the tone and mood of the painting. It almost appears that he is sitting in very little sunlight and the area is being lit up by candlelight.
This piece is a depiction of Ulysses S. Grant who was the 6th commanding general of the United States Army and the 18th president of the United States. He helped Abraham Lincoln to lead the Union to victory of the Confederacy. This artist uses contrast, but also uses some linear perspective to provide the illusion of space behind him.
This painting is a portrait of General William T. Sherman. General Sherman served under Ulysses S. Grant and was recognized for his distinguished service and military strategy. This artist uses contrast by giving the impression of a strong light source, but also uses line to provide shape and space by making it appear that General Sherman is standing close to a wall.
This piece is of General John J. Pershing. General Pershing was promoted to General of the Armies, which is the highest rank possible in the Army. At the time, he was the only one to ever hold this rank until George Washington was retroactively promoted. General Pershing led us to victory over Germany in World War I. In this fantastic piece, the artist uses shape and lines to make it seem as if General Sherman is dissipating away from the painting like sand in the wind from the bottom up.
Here is a painting of General George S. Patton who is famous for many operations during World War II, but most notable operation would be the Battle of the Bulge in 1944. The artist uses space and shape to help bring focus to the center of the painting. There are also hints of linear perspective in the trees to help add a three-dimensional effect as the space in the background appears to be a far-off road leading to the countryside.
Here is a very realistic painting of George Marshall who earned his fame and notoriety as the Chief Military Advisor to the president during World War II and for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. This artist used slight contrast to give the painting what appears to be a natural light source, such as a window from the viewer’s right. There are also hints of space used so that he appears to be situated away from the wall.
This is a portrait painting of Dwight D. Eisenhower who was a five-star general in World War II and was the first Supreme Commander of NATO. Mr. “Ike” Eisenhower was also the 34th president of the United States who authorized NASA in the space race against the Soviet Union. In this piece, the artist uses hints of contrast to show a play on light. The artist also uses space so that he is spaced away from the wall. There are also hints of texture as you can almost get an idea of how his jacket would feel to the touch.
Here is a great painting of General Douglas MacArthur, Medal of Honor recipient, and one of only five American’s to ever rise to the rank of General of the Army. The use of lines in the piece help to add to the illusion of movement and dynamic space as if his jacket is blowing in the wind with the plants in front of, and behind him.
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