In the Trenches

This Gallery contains pieces of art depicting times of war, and artifacts that have survived times of war. The effects of war have left their mark in each of the works in this gallery.

Civil War Frieze, Caspar Buberl, From the collection of: National Building Museum
This is a bronze painted plaster bas-relief panel was created by a Bohemian-born sculptor, Caspar Bubert. The bronze paint color is not very uniform, and there is a rough texture appearance, especially where there is more detail. The clearness in the image appears to come from he negative space, rather than the soldiers riding their horses depicted in this relief sculpture.
This relief sculpture is called "The Babe with Bonnet" or "The Infant. It was created by Nikos Soflalakis of Athens depicting his neighbor's child who was lucky to survive the winter of 1941-1942 during the height of the axis occupation of Greece. The atmosphere of occupation by authoritarian rule is present in the texture of the child's folds in the skin, and the roughness of it's bonnet.
Compartmented Seal with Two Mouflons, Unknown, 2000-1500 B.C., From the collection of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
This is a "Compartmented Seal with Two Mouflons", and it was created by an artist unknown between 2000-1500 B.C.E. The seal is made of bronze. This too has what appears to be a rough texture, and has space between the folds. This is an area dominated by war for cehuries.
Papier Mache ‘Dummy Head’, About 1916 (YORCM : 2013.73), unknown, 1914 - 1918, Original Source:
This is called "Papier Mache 'Dummy Head' created by an unknown artist around 1916. This was at the time of WWI, when these heads would be used to trick snipers into thinking they killed a british soldier. Since these were used as decoys, they aren't completely finished being painted, or very lifelike. However, this seems to capture the rough urgency of war and life in the trenches.
Sideboard shown at the 1900 Paris World’s Fair exhibition, Louis Majorelle, 1900/1900, From the collection of: Museum of Decorative Arts In Prague
Jar, Unknown, 2200-1800 B.C., From the collection of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
This is a Faience Jar created around 2200-1800 B.C.E. in the middle east. This jar has an old, rough, war torn appearance. the color of the material is fading and is cracked towards the bottom of the jar. given the time period it is believed to have been created, this must have had several uses for gathering and transferring water.
Vessel with Animal Relief and Stopper, Unknown, 2000-1500 B.C., From the collection of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
This is a bronze relief sculpture created by an artist unknown. It is called "Vessel with Animal Relief and stopper" from around 2000-1500 B.C.E. The color, though one material, is not uniform, The sculpture has a very rough appearance, and seemingly, texture as well. Another artifact from a time and region dominated by war, then and now.
Vessel with Gilloche Pattern, Unknown, 2000-1500 B.C., From the collection of: Los Angeles County Museum of Art
This is a vessel made of chlorite, and it was created around 2000-1500 B.C.E. It is of uniform color, but with a worn, antique appearance of other artifacts from this region of the world, during a time of war. There are patterns sketched in, but the appearance makes the texture appear rough and worn.
Violin, Carol M. Highsmith, Original Source: Ford’s Theatre National Historic Site, FOTH 7816
This violin is believed to have been in used during the performance of "Our American Cousin" on April 14, 1965 at Ford's Theater. This was the tim and place of President Lincoln's assassination. The violin has a worn, wood finish, but still appears in working condition. The war was over and won for Lincoln, but not in the hearts and minds of those from the southern states.
Life Mask, From the collection of: Ford's Theatre
This is a cast mask created to be a mold of President-elect, Abraham Lincoln. It was made by Leonard Volk in 1960. The texture, as well as the lifelike qualities of fatigue in the folds of his skin, and the weight of leading a nation divided, headed towards civil war.
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