Heroes or Horrors? Attitudes of Western Culture towards War.

Since the beginning, men have come into conflict with each other. In the past, some nations have based their entire culture on war, while others have done there best to remain peaceful. Some have glorified war and some have condemned it. This gallery explores a few ways that different Western cultures have viewed war in the past. The pieces reflect the fact that war tends to be a polarizing subject. It can inspire patriotism or invoke despair. The mane theme of the gallery is that art can be very effectively used to sway peoples attitudes. Whether promoting war or condemning it, pieces of art have been able to elicit strong emotions about the subject. This gallery attempts to explore  those emotions.

The man depicted in this Danish statue has a sword in hand and gives off a feeling of pride and strength. This piece suggests that going to war and fighting for ones country are things of glory.
This flyer was made during the Spanish civil war and without question glorifies war in order to draw people into supporting its cause. The men in the poster are muscular and it tries to give the viewer positive feelings towards the war.
This photograph taken during World War II doesn't necessarily glorify war, but shows how nationalism is a common response during war times. This pictures also shows that cultures are often united by war.
This picture invokes a sense of admiration in military leaders. It suggests that leading men in war is a position worthy of respect.
This sketch presents an alternative view towards war that is contrary to the theme so far. It is a satirical piece that makes light of war by mocking military leaders.
This pieces introduces a new and very different attitude. towards war. It attempts to communicate the brutal reality of war that is often overlooked. Viewers are given the less glorious but inevitable aspect of war.
Finally, this photograph doesn't attempt to persuade viewers one way or the other about the nature of war. It is reminiscent of the impressionist era in that it only intends to communicate the reality of the moment.
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