As today is Memorial Day, a day of remembering those fallen in all wars, and as this is an art blog, I decided to recognize some military artists while featuring some of their work.
“American official war artists have been part of the American military since 1917. Artists are unlike the objective camera lens which records only a single instant and no more. The war artist captures instantaneous action and conflates earlier moments of the same scene within one compelling image. “We’re not here to do poster art or recruiting posters …. What we are sent to do is to go to the experience, see what is really there and document it-as artists.” – Sgt. Kristopher Battles, USMC.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_official_war_artists
WWI: Harry Everett Townsend (1879-1941) was a war artist for the United States Army during WWI. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Everett_Townsend
WWII: William Franklin Draper (December 24, 1912 – October 26, 2003) was lieutenant commander in the United States Navy, and an American painter. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Franklin_Draper
VIETNAM: Paul Rickert is an American artist born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1947. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Rickert_(artist)Also read: http://www.totalartsgallery.com/ArtistPages/Rickert_Paul/Rickert_Paul_BIO.html
Artists capturing important and vital moments in time…a very heavy & dedicated deed. These artists have used their great talents as time capsules.Follow @SheDoesArtWow