The Chaos of mankind - Jason Mahoney

This gallery of paintings and drawings bring in perspective and captures heart breaking, horrific, and touching moments in the chaotic history of men thrown into the worlds great meat grinder called "WAR."

This oil painting from the artist John Singer, who witnessed the horrors of war created this famous painting titled, Gassed. The painting depicts the blind leading the blind. The awful reality of gas used during the Great War is just one of many horrific weapons that man used during World War 1. Many soldiers feared mustard gas. The men here blindly stumble towards the aid station to be treated for blindness as result of mustard gas. Some of these men will never regain their sight. Although the war may be over for them, and they may never witness the horrors of war with their physical eyes, they will always see it loud and clear in their head and dreams for the rest of their lives.
Eric Henri Kennington, was a soldier who was released from the military and then served as an Official War Artist rendering some of the horrific scenes that stuck in his head while serving. He drew and then painted this image depicting a casualty collection point he witnessed. Wounded soldiers and soldiers suffering the effects of enemy gas attacks lay in a crowded aid station awaiting transport to a facility that can better take care of the wounds they received while in combat. This oil painting depicts suffering and just one of many stops that these young men must make on their journey to possible death or the beginning of a new life dramatically changed by the evil of men and their wars.
Doris Clare Zinkeisen was one of very few women artists during World War 2. In this painting labeled human laundry you view soldiers, and civilian prisoners of war taken by the German Army. The doctors and nurses taking care of the emaciated, and close to death patients, are German. The German medical staff was forced to administer medical treatment to these survivors of a concentration camp after it’s liberation by allied forces. The severity and large numbers of the dead and dying were un-believable, ranging to almost 100 thousand. With such large numbers of dead and dying, it is safe to say that these people had no choice but to be treated like human laundry. Laundry is cleaned washed and thrown away or tossed to the side to make room for the next load.
Ethel Leontine Gabain was another female artist during World War Two. This painting from her is supposed to depict a child who suffered an injury from a bomb that was certain to take her leg with infection. It was later found out by the nurse of the young child that she was actually injured in a normal everyday accident. Regardless the cause of the injury, the artist recorded the ray of light in this darkness of war. The ray of life saving light was a drug called penicillin. It was the reason this little girl kept her leg and was also a huge part in the survival of thousands among thousands of wounded and sick during the war. Penicillin was an ally given to mankind during some of their most destructive days, which prevented death from collecting more souls from the mistakes of man.
Leonard Henry Rosoman was an artist who served in the British Fire Department during World War 2. The painting depicts the un-sung civilian hero’s during World War Two and Germany’s destruction inflicted on the civilians of Britain. Many people memorialize the fighting men of the war, but this dark and hopeless painting depicts and memorializes life and death of those who serve and protect the people of Britain. Most of Britain’s men are fighting in the fields of Europe while British firefighters depicted here are seconds away from death as a building collapse on them after being destroyed and burned to the ground during axis bombing raids. This painting can be considered a parallel to our very own hero’s who died on September 11th.
Cyril Kenneth Bird is the artist that created this poster for a campaign to prevent operational security breaches during World War 2. The poster depicts an individual carelessly speaking about information that could be used against allied forces and their wartime plans and movements. Around the phone booth several Hitler’s listen in on the conversation. Even today in the military we address the importance of (OPSEC) which stands for operational security.
William Barns Wollen created this oil painting depicting the first shots fired during America’s bloody road to independence from the British Common Wealth. In this painting, minute men, given their names because they we’re ready to fight on a minutes notice, attack British forces with guerrilla style tactics. This day was the spark that started a roaring blaze. If it had not been for these brave men to take the first violent step towards America’s freedom, then it is unknown how our country would have ended up. This day gave Americans everywhere the will and courage to pick up arms and fight for their freedom. Wounded Americans can be seen in the foreground being wounded and killed fighting a highly trained and battle-hardened enemy. This is a significant painting and significant moment in American history.
This painting created by Nevinson's was considered controversial due to its graphic nature at the time. The painting depicts two dead bloated corpses of British soldiers lying dead on the western front of the battlefield. It is a stark and dreary photo that details the silence of a chaotic world at war. These soldiers have found their glory face down in the mud, far away from home. It depicts two men, who have arrived to their path of glory.
This poster was a recruitment color lithograph, created by Savile Lumley. It depicts a father spending family time with his children in time of peace. His daughter asks him what he did during the Great War while his son plays with toy soldiers on the carpet below. The look on the fathers face is one of remembrance. The daughter awaits an answer, but it appears the question has taken the father back to a dark time in his mind as he thinks about how to answer such a difficult question. Back in the early 1900’s soldiers suffered from shell shock, which is now called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in modern times. The poster reflects the extreme opposite of the chaos of war, and how it will always lye in wait underneath the psyche of the men who fought there.
This powerful painting by Clausen depicts the emptiness of losing a loved one due to war. The background is empty and vast much like the pain felt in the hearts of the loved ones left behind by war. The nakedness represents the cold vulnerable feeling of hopelessness. The sky is dark, the landscape is bleak, and the women is powerless to bring back her loved one who was violently taken away, without a proper goodbye. As humans, we can all relate to the feelings portrayed in this painting, sooner or later.
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