War through a wide lens

Paintings and drawings of the battlefields and sites of World War I. Throughout the pieces of art, you can see that many of the battles took place near bodies of water. Forts were built and boats were used as a means of transportation which is clearly depicted in the pieces of art I have added to the gallery.

“The Crescent and the Cross” is a sketch that depicts a site from World War 1. You can see three soldiers setting up camp in a field near a large body of water with their flag waving in the wind. You can see boats out in the water with mountains in the background. The colors of this piece are interesting because nothing besides the ocean is colored in thoroughly. The artist seems to have just outlined the the certain objects with the correct color so the viewer could make out what they were looking at.
“The Bacchant tolls the knell of parting day, Nov 1915” is a painting of a site taking place during World War I. In the foreground you can see the land near a large body of water. You can see a man on the land by a small fire. This depicts that he is a scout since he is alone and the fire he has built is small and concealed. In the middle ground, there is a calm water with boats sailing towards the land. One boat seems to be firing a cannon. In the background, there is clouds and mountains that depicts sunset. The color variations stand out to me the most in this painting. The land is painted with three or four different shades of brown mixed with green. The sunset is also painted with three shades of orange, and even the mountains are painted as blue to depict the reflection of the water.
“Frostbite, Dec 1915” is what seems to be a painting of an event during World War I. In the image, you can see seven people walking on the land. They are all wearing heavy clothes to show the cold temperature that the artist is alluding to. In the background, we see a large boat sailing in front of an iceberg. The colors in this image are well established by the artist. The land looks dead as if it is winter and the snow has just cleared out. To the right, there is still white snow on the land. The clouds are grey to depict the winter and that more snow could possibly be coming.
“Bathing party, Gallipoli, Oct 1915” depicts a group of people bathing at night in water near their campsite. This piece of art is a painting that maybe had some sketching done to finish it off. The artist used shadows in an excellent way to drive home that it is night time. The shadows on the mountains and in the water show that the moonlight is only providing light to a certain portion of the objects in the artwork.
“Early morning Gallipoli, Oct 1915” is a painting that depicts an early morning during the war. The artist didn’t include any people in the artwork to further depict that it is early in the morning. In the background, there are many more boats than we have seen in the other paintings in the gallery, possibly showing that the war has further advanced. The use of color is very general and limited in this photo. The only noticeable variations is in the land.
“Tea on the Terrace” is a sketch depicting a sunrise during World War I. We can see four soldiers hiding in the foreground, as they look out onto the water where we can see a few boats approaching the land. The artist did a good job of outlining the people and boats in this piece so the viewer could easily tell what they were looking at. Also you can see some of the colors from the sunrise in the water to show the reflection that we would see in person.
“Fame! - Grave of unknown comrade” is a painting with some sketching to finish it off. It depicts something I did not know about World War I. They would bury their fallen soldiers whether they knew who it was or not. This is a great use of landscape by the artist to share some information that everyone may not know. The lines used to outline each of the objects was used by the artist so that the viewer could easily make out everything in the piece.
“ANZAC Beach” is a painting with detailed sketching done to depict what a campsite of World War I looks like. The lines used in the piece on the mountainside are well done so that the viewer can easily see that the campsite being hidden by the land. You can see tents, boats, etc. to show the equipment they had to use back then. The amount of detail in the sketching is impressive in this piece.
“Horse Lines on the Somme” is a picture that depicts that horses were heavily used in World War I. You can see the men taking care of their horses, possibly preparing them to ride into war. In the background you can see smoke clouds to show that the war is taking place not far away. The use of variations of color in this piece is astonishing as you can tell each horse apart and they are all a different shade of brown.
“Mount St Quentin” is a painting that depicts the aftermath of a battle. In the foreground, we see a destroyed fort. The soldiers possibly had to retreat. The wall in front of the fort looks like it has been destroyed and deserted. The detail of each object in this painting is well done by the artist. You can even see the damage to the trees. The color in the background is also nice as we see greens, blues, and whites to show peacefulness. The war has possibly been over for sometime in this piece.
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