The Fight for Freedom: Art of War - Esdras T. Thelusma

This gallery features images of people from different demographics, period and status of life, taking action to fight for their freedom, their political stand, their religion and humanity. This collection of work of art will showcase the harsh reality of human conflicts, and the various outcomes that can be expected from time to time.

Blaise Saint-Louis captivates the essence of the proclamation of independence of Haiti through this beautiful oil on Masonite. At first glance, one can notice the rich and vibrant colors, as well as the amount of details invested in making this painting, sized at 39 x 30 inches. The overall look of the painting is matched with the unified group of pioneers that are depicted therein.
Created by Richard Ansdell, this oil on canvas is measured at 30.8 x 18.4 cm. It tells an immediate story. There is a sense of urgency, shown mostly by the prevailing red color and reddish tone, between both the slaves and the canines. The contrast is also dominant in that it is represented in the picture by the ironic fight between man and his best, and also by the high ratio of light and shadow, which creates a visual contrast. Balance is also a key point in the painting, as we notice the symmetry and also the leveled field of battle; two dogs and two people left to fight.
Here the artist paints a after-action review of the Gettysburg bloodshed. The message is a resounding despair; death is everywhere. Even the negative space of the photograph shows a solemn and sad perspective. The contrast of the picture (the monochrome battlefield) is indicative to that of human conflicts, as both share the same and unfortunate ending. The lifeless bodies are set in such way that they appear celebratory, as if finally free.
Gustave Wappers did this amazing work (oil on canvas) through a commission by the government of Belgium. The details are stunning in this nineteenth century piece. The realism applied in the picture is also worth our special attention. Objects in the background appear smaller than those in the foreground, giving the painting depth and three-dimensional perspective. The colors and costumes are true to the audience’s expectation, which makes the painting a good historical reference.
Domenico uses emphasis and history to tell a profound story, one that unveils the subtle and often overlooked ramifications of war. The Return of the Wounded Soldier is an example out of many, a glimpse in the life of a typical civil war soldier. The artist uses color to show a distressed house, a poor family in a shabby living quarter, with no discernable mean of earning. The position of the characters adds to the already gloomy scene; no one seems to be present or interested in the other. Added to that is the uniform, which is that of a confederate soldier. The artist uses history as a topic for his painting by using events that occurred in his lifetime.
Emanuel Leutze’s crossing of the Delaware is a piece that represents history and early American art. One of the main attractive parts of this oil on canvas painting is the sky. The realism achieved here is simply breathtaking. The artist emphasizes on the struggle of the journey, adding great details to the ice, the fog and the treacherous, freezing water. The American flag is in the center of the painting, giving it significance to the event.
The title is a strong statement. The picture is even stronger. It holds contrasts, desire and movement. The horsetail clearly shows the direction of the wind as the horse gallops forward. The man is determined, no doubt, but the woman, a white or Caucasian lady, looks back as a watch guard. This is a huge social contrast, even by today’s standards and society. The picture is not sharp, but the scene is very clear; it even appears like the artist gives away the time of the day that this occur which, based on the look, seems to be early in the morning.
This is a French, turn of the nineteenth century, oil on canvas. This painting of battle focuses on the chaotic field and activities surrounding a firefight. The artist applies the use of color as well as lines. The dominant colors are red and earth tone. The heavy presence of red gives a sense of danger, added to the blazing fire in the immediate background. The entire canvas is covered in details, all intricately placed to enhance the gruesome sight of battle.
Sized at 28 x 36 inches, this oil on canvas is from Charles Bird King, an American painter hailing from Newport, Rhode Island. The picture depicts the portraits of five chiefs. They are dressed in traditional attires, inherent in the Native American tribes. The artist carefully adds the typical ornaments and colors found in Native American culture. The painting takes up the entirety of the canvas, leaving minimal to no negative space. Each of the chiefs faces a different direction, giving the painting a modern look.
Gely Korzhev’s oil on canvas is measured at 44 x 31.5 cm. The hostage of War is a deep and controversial message. Gely emphasizes on the casualty of war, the unforeseen and overlooked victims of the battlefield, the collateral damage. All of the forms of injury, typically found in a war, are depicted on the innocent bystanders. The painting includes amputees, orphans, old and young people, all in the foreground, while the soldiers are barely visible in the background, some safely tucked in their trenches. Emphasis is the main design element used by Gely on this remarkably emotional masterpiece.
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