Internal war

This gallery is a representation of the war that looms off the battlefield. War too often is viewed as just a destruction of a location, but in reality it destroys far more. War more often than not destroys freedoms, futures, livelihoods, and freedoms. War is a symbol of power and glory, but only at the expense of those in the midst and in the background. These paintings and propaganda's represent artists' works to primarily express the aftermaths of both World Wars, however I included to wars from the 17th and 18th centuries to represent the relationship of the destruction of war and its consistency over time. 

This Burning of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar's Army by Circle of Juan de la Corte was selected first because it represents the broader view of the internal destruction of war. It displays the battlefield being brought to the forefront of the piece putting Jerusalem in the background. This represents that even that back in 1630-1660, the battlefield was considered the objectivity of war, when the reality is that the title of the piece is named after the burning of Jerusalem and it is displayed behind the battlefield giving it less importance. This relates to modern internal characteristics of war, that the battlefield comes before the home in perspective, and that is internally destructive. The piece also uses standardized colors such as red to bring more attention to the battlefield.
The Battle of Lapiths and Centaurs by Sebastiano Ricci is represented as a battle of internal war because it displays the results of wild behavior. The history of the piece is that the Lapiths invited the Centaurs to the wedding feast of Pirithous and upon drinking wine that the Centaurs were unused to, they became wild. While this represents misused drinking, it definitely has correlation to the development that love is torn when battle ensues. Often times in war, the bed is broken when the man/woman is forced to leave, and this causes distress internally for the person. This piece, especially upon zoom, displays the distress felt as she is being stripped from love as a result of the battle.
War Generation by Abdullah Muharraqi is a continuation upon the last piece. This piece resembles the loss of love after death in war. It displays the mother crying tears with the tears being represented as the blood shed of the loved one she lost. It gives the description of the home front where it appears the only light in the room is dark as she sits tucked in the corner with their child nestled under her arm. This is a continuation on the thought that while attention is only brought to the battlefield, there is a bigger battle internally within the home.
Hun or Home is a propaganda painting to represent the pressures to support war from off the battlefield. This piece is pushing people, mostly women at home, to buy more Liberty Bonds to fund the war. They are using this propaganda as a pressure to make them feel like if they don't aid the war financially, they will lose everything they know. It looks like a sketch of a darker shaded man wrapping a man (soldier) perceived to be dead while the woman looks in distress with the baby pulled to her back hip. The baby is represented in red to draw attention to the baby, to inflict the presence that their children would be drug into the war if they didn't contribute as well. This piece describes war struggles at home that make the person at home feel like they have to support something that is destroying them from within.
"Do with less so they'll have enough!" is a propaganda used by the military during World War 2 in 1943. The slogan is placed in the upper-left corner where then it moves downward horizontally to the soldier's face where he is smiling raising his glass. This is placed to stir the emotion that if you do with less they'll make the soldiers happy. It then moves downward to the center to the primary color red to give the finishing touch, "rationing gives you your fair share." This was the final touch to stir people internally that being forced to ration should make them happy and it was used to try and persuade them to change their thoughts towards the effects of war.
Blind man in Belsen by Alan Moore is a representation of the internal effects that a person experiences post war. Alan Moore was a survivor of one of the worst concentration camps during World War 2 in Belsen. Moore sketched this work after the horrors and nightmares of the things he would see that he remembered. It represents the effects of war externally that eventually wear a person down externally because they don't know how to process what went on around them.
Memories of the War by Alexey and Sergey Tkachev is a representation of the internal reflection of war. The painting shows a soldiers gear and his accolades from the war but no one there to fill the suit. It shows an internal reflection through perspective, whether good or bad. It shows that no matter what you achieve or don't achieve in war, there will always be an empty slot for what happened. Like most things, success is something that can represent you externally but affect you internally and I believe this gives war an accurate description of that.
Regimental Band by Darsie Japp displays the positivity internally to war. Japp uses vibrant colors around the clouds and even in the clouds to blend with the background of the soldier to give a positive vibe to the situation surrounding the soldier. The soldier is blowing on the horn of victory and his body slightly leaned back but slunched over to express exhaustion. This piece represents the internal relief to the end of war and the satisfaction of the success of war. I also believe that the horse was made much larger than him to display that the effects and work was off his shoulder and he could then relax.
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