PTSD-Paintings Textures Sculptures and Drawings: Historic War - Alex King

This gallery will showcase how war and historical events were part of the art culture and not just a societal issue. Work included in this gallery will range from statues, paintings, photographs, and more. The artwork will be discussed using the formal elements and principles. The artwork comes from various time periods from early B.C. all the way up into the mid 1900s. 

This statue was created in the 5th century B.C. The artist's name is unknown. The statue seems like he used to be holding a spear because of the way his arm is. The warrior is also wearing a helmet or headdress of some kind. This statue is interesting because of it's proportions. Although it is still easy to tell that it is a person, the proportions are not very realistic. The warrior seems to have very stretched proportions. The statue does not have many other eye catching qualities and mainly relies on form to grab attention. There is very minimal line work even in the clothing and helmet.
This statue was created by Charles M. Russell. It is called War Dancers. At first glance the viewer might think that these men are fighting each other. The bronze statue has a lot of visual movement to it. The war dancers seem to be in mid movement with the way they are standing. One is crouched while the other seems to be lifting something into the air. Another very important element in this piece is form. Since it is a statue it is important to have angles and interesting views from all angles. With the way that the men have their arms and legs bent there is a lot more visual interest.
This piece was made around 450 B.C. The piece of pottery features a battle from the Trojan War. Using minimal color, the artist is relying on line work and pattern to portray this battle. At the base of the vase there is a lot of square shaped patterns. More patterns can be found toward the top of the vase and the handles. There are a lot of lines in the clothing as well to add texture. Movement and rhythm can be found in the warriors stances.
This painting was created by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. The scene in this painting is a battle between ships at sea. The crashing waves make it very difficult to fight and stay aboard the ship. Many of the men in battle are thrown from the ships. This painting is very eye-catching because of the very vibrant colors and line work. The color scheme is also interesting for what the scene is. Normally when people think of war and battle scenes they think of dark colors not the bright saturated colors used in this painting. The line work in the waves is nice because it adds a realistic touch to the painting and adds depth and movement.
This painting was created in the 17th century. This war scene is a battle of Yashima according to the title of the artwork. The battle took place on water and on land. The sides fought each other mainly with spears. The men on land are on horses. This painting uses a very minimal color palette focusing mostly on very dark tones of the colors chosen. This mimics the mood usually linked to war and death. This painting also has a lot of movement in it, because many of the people battling in the scene are in mid-motion throwing spears, paddling to land, or shouting. line and pattern are also used if you look very closely at the soldiers clothing and the cloth on the horses.
This painting was create in the mid 1800s. The artist is unknown. This painting is of a battle that took place during the War of the Great Bharatas. It shows both sides of the battle with people that seem larger than life and painted in unrealistic colors. There are also some horses in the battle. This painting has a lot of symmetrical balance even though there are a different number of figures on each side. The size of the figures make the painting balanced. This painting is also intriguing because of the bright and vibrant colors. They are unrealistic, but get the attention of the viewer.
This piece was created in the early 1700s. The artist is unknown. The artwork is done with very vibrant colors that seem too saturated for real life. The scene depicted in this piece is a battle of Sisak according to the title. There are so many people in this image that it is hard to say how many there really are. The battle is taking place in a hilly area that is surrounded by trees and in some places there's even mountains. This artwork has a lot of repetition in it. The lines for the hills are very similar and repeat throughout the artwork. The people are also very similar and from far away they only appear as a lot of repetitive dots. The trees in the distance are also very repetitive.
This painting is a portrait from the Civil War. It was crated by William Garl Browne. This painting uses shades and tones of color to create the illusion of light. When looking at his face, it almost appears to be glowing. Looking at his hands however, his skin tone seems a lot darker and shadowed. this helps keep the focal point on his face as well as creating a more realistic portrait. Depth is also used in the painting. In the background there are a lot of trees. This creates a setting for the portrait as well as giving it depth. Being able to see far into the distance gives the painting a more interesting look and makes it less flat looking.
This photograph was taken during the civil war time period. It was used as propaganda. The photo shows a soldier of some kind being held at gun point by someone who looks similar to a mobster. This photo is a good example of depth. The people are in the foreground, but as you look further back in the photo there is also a vehicle, roads, and buildings. The photo is also a good example of balance. Looking at the photo the viewer can see that it it symmetrically balanced between the two people. There is no part of the photograph that is weighted more than the other.
This piece of artwork is another piece of war propaganda. Uncle Sam is shown talking to two young children. He seems to be teaching them. The words on this poster gives the real message. The poster is encouraging kids to get involved with the war efforts by buying stamps. this is a good example of color use. The color in this poster is very simplistic. Although there is a good balance between warm and cool colors, there isn't a lot of overpowering color and saturation. This help keep the focus on the message being presented.
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