Art of the second world war

War inspires art of many forms including propaganda, photographs and paintings depicting the scenes of war. This gallery depicts the many scenes of war from the glorification of generals to the horrific destruction of battle. The artworks work together to show the multiple sides of World War 2 including, battles, destruction, propaganda, and the construction of the machines found in war. 

PH-620, Clyfford Still, 1942, From the collection of: Clyfford Still Museum
This artwork depicts the construction of a ship to be used in for the war. The work reveals the soldiers behind the scenes fighting to finish the ship to get to the battle. The art shows an army; an army of workers working around the clock to get these giant war machines to the battlefront. The artist uses linear perspective in the cranes and scaffolding. this artwork is included in this gallery to depict the other side of war that is often not thought of and consists of many dark and light blues and whites as well as a strong contrast between the dark and light colors.
Battle of Britain, Nash, Paul, 1941, From the collection of: Imperial War Museums
The scene of air battles is often though of when WWII is mentioned and art like this one contributes to it in the glorification of battle. The artwork obviously depicts an air battle over Britain with the white trails of airplanes and dark smoke of downed planes. Atmospheric perspective can be seen in the clouds with a dark color the farther away they are, and this painting also has a high contrast between the dark and light colors. This work is included in the gallery to show the beauty sometimes found in war with the bright blue sky and the yellow grass down below with the curly white trails of planes above and the common connection of a high contrast, bright whites and blues.
Portrait of the World War II Veteran Tkachev S.P., Alexey Tkachev, 2004 - 2004, From the collection of: The Institute of Russian Realist Art (IRRA)
The work is a portrait of a WWII veteran in front of a window with what looks like paint brushes in his hand. Atmospheric perspective can be seen in the background on the horizon and on the ground as the details fade a way. This artist also uses bright whites and blues with a strong contrast, and a similar painting style that is similar to the other works in this gallery which makes it work well in the group.
Operation of Local Value near Stalingrad, Gabyshev Lev Mikhailovitch, 1942/1942, From the collection of: The National Art Museum of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia)
This work looks to be another propaganda work but from the Russian perspective depicting a Russian soldier holding and possibly firing a gun at a fleeing German. The work shows the German fleeing in a comedic fashion in fear from the Russian soldier. This work reveals the comedic side of art in war used to rise soldiers spirits. This work works well with the other paintings due to its similar roughly painted or drawn apearance.
Blitzed Site, LS Lowry, 1942 - 1942, From the collection of: The Lowry
This painting obviously depicts the ill effects of war, the devastation brought upon citizens of warring nations. Linear perspective can be seen in the boards lying about in the house as well as in the skeletal remains of destroyed homes in the background. Atmospheric perspective can also be seen in the background as figures and houses are less detailed. This work belongs in this gallery because of its use of strong contrast, and atmospheric perspective and sketched like appearance.
Blind man in Belsen, Alan Moore, 1947, From the collection of: Australian War Memorial
This work is more eerie than the others as it captures the dark side of war, and the horrifying scenes of WWII in the concentration camps with dead bodies lying about and thousands of others people in terrifying condition. This painting also uses high contrast and bright whites with the sky against the dark figures on the ground. The work also carries a similar painting style as the rest of the works in this gallery that make it blend well with them.
Ruby Loftus screwing a Breech-ring, Knight, Laura (Dame) (RA), 1943, From the collection of: Imperial War Museums
This work shows a interesting side of war and an important point for womens rights in America as men left for war and they proved they were able to do many of the things men could and deserved a place in the workplace. This painting while it doe not have a similar color pattern as the other paintings shares the hard contrast, but also has includes linear perspective that can be seen in the machinery the woman is using and in the back wall. The similar use of contrast and subject made this painting work well in the gallery.
Liberation and Battle of France: Jig Beach looking towards Le Hamel, 7th June 1944, Gross, Anthony (CBE) (RA), 1944, From the collection of: Imperial War Museums
The painting captures the most often thought of scene of WWII, D-Day. This scene is capture through a sketch over watercolor paint utilizing obviously high contrast with the black ink or paint over the light white, green, and gray paint. The subject of this work as well as the light background and contrast make it wok well with the other works.
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