Soldiers of fortune

A collection of artwork that displays the many images and ideals of war. From the past until the present, man kind has and still creates images to show his victories and defeats in battle. This is a tribute to soldiers of all nations and times.

This artwork depicts corrupt angels falling from the grace of God which was considered the first "war" fought in history. Ironically, a war between angels and demons is also supposed to be the last war to ever be fought. This specific artwork stood out to me due to the crisp lines and the chaos that captures the true nature of war.
This painting shows a ravaged battle field dating pre WWII, it shows the wake and devastation left in the after math. Again, the crisp lines and vivid colors stand out to me and I especially like the depicted destruction. This shows the battlefield after the initial action has ended.
This painting shows the battle field death of General Wolfe as his men watch. I like this painting because it shows one of the highest ranking officers at his last moments, with his men. This shows a true leader that has put himself in harms way and has led from the front.
This painting shows the Russian soldiers storming a beach as they fight from row boats. I chose this painting due to the extensive detail and the similarities to the WWII Omaha and Utah beach assaults. This painting shows the relentless "up hill" battle that consists of taking an occupied objective.
This painting was done by Ivor Hele, who was Australia's longest living official war artist. This painting is of the Centurion tank which was used extensively in the Vietnam war. I chose this painting due to the artist's view on how rugged and reliable the tank was, which he displays with rough brush strokes and cluttered chaos.
This painting shows the meeting of two powerful leaders on the battle field. These type of "meetings" still happen today and many alliances are formed between Generals and leaders of foreign countries. I chose this painting to show the diplomacy of war and that not all acts are violent and destructive.
This is a painting of a successful, and quite honestly, the last major calvary charges in history. This painting lacks crisp detail and this is why I chose it. From a film stand point, this seems more realistic due to the fact that objects in motion are blurrier and this displays that quite well.
This painting is of soldiers from WWI that have been mustard gassed and are blinded. It shows them relying on one another in order to travel to the medical tent. What they don't see is the many that have died from the same affliction. I chose this painting due to my own personal experiences in the military. At one point I was blinded with CS gas and had to put my hand on the shoulder of the man in front of me to be led out of the gas chamber. The scene looked similar to this only without casualties.
This painting shows two dead British soldiers on the western front. The back story of this specific painting is that the French government originally banned this painting due to it's images of dead and bloated soldiers. However, the artist showed it at his exhibition anyway only including a brown paper strip roughly labeled "censored". Although he got in trouble for doing this, the stunt gave Nevinson the attention he wanted and the painting was bought by the museum during the course of the exhibition. I chose this painting because of it's harsh truth as to the price that is paid by soldiers to their country.
This painting is of a Roman soldier during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii, it is based on the remains found at the site of a Roman soldier in full armor. It's depicting the dedication of a professional soldier to his orders and duty post. As the civilians panic and scramble to find safety, this soldier remains steadfast and calm. I personally understand the ideals behind this painting and can speak from experience that as a professional soldier, you have already come to terms with your death and all that is left is to complete the mission. Whether it's storming a beach or simply guarding a post, even if it's hopeless.
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