Friday, May 22, 2015

War as seen by artists


With Memorial Day this week-end we can stop and take a look at how war looks through the eye of an artist.When the Revolutionary war opened, John Trumbull joined the army as adjutant. His skill as a draughtsman enabled him to make drawings of the enemy's works at Boston, and Washington appointed him one of his aides-de-camp. As a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, Trumbull was able to witness the famous Battle of Bunker Hill.

In March 1785 John Trumbull wrote to his father, Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., that "the great object of my wishes...is to take up the History of Our Country, and paint the principal Events particularly of the late War." Influenced by the work of West and John Singleton Copley, Trumbull completed his first history painting, "The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker's Hill " (shown above) in March 1786.


Pablo Picasso is considered to be one of the most important artists of the twentieth century.  "Guernica" (1937) is thought to be one of Picasso's greatest works. Created during his Surrealist period, Picasso captures the horror of the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica, which killed many innocent civilians during the Spanish Civil War. By the end of World War II, Picasso had become an internationally known artist and celebrity. A highly productive artist, Pablo Picasso created a large number of works during his lifetime.

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