In 2014, Christie Chu wrote an article, in which she told about the most epic war artworks. She did it to honor those who served (and serve) in the U.S Armed Forces. And today, on Memorial Day, we want to remember all these works and their authors.
1. Emanuel Leutze, George Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851)
As the name implies, this painting depicts the first president, General George Washington, crossing of the Delaware River with the Continental Army on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War. With George Washington standing one leg propped, face in profile and sword in clear view, the artwork shows a surprise attack planned by the president on the Hessian forces in Trenton, New Jersey.
2. Frederic Edwin Church, Our Banner in the Sky (1861)
The painting depicts the American flag as a temporal arrangement of sky, clouds, and stars seemingly held by the barren tree. This work was the artist’s political statement in defense of the Union when the Confederate attacked Fort Sumter in April 1861.
3. Benjamin West, The Death of General Wolfe (1771)
Here Anglo-American painter depicts the British General James Wolfe during the 1775 Battle of Quebec of the Seven Year’s War, where General James Wolfe died at the moment of victory.
4. Roy Lichtenstein, Whaam! (1963)
This 1963 diptych by Roy Lichtenstein was inspired by a comic book called All American Men of War. It is not only one of Lichtenstein’s most important paintings nut also one of the best-known works of pop art. Whaam!’s stylized imagery depicting air battle was painted during the Vietnam War.
5. Norman Rockwell, Freedom from Want (1943)
We’ve recently told you about Rockwell’s iconic series, Four Freedoms, which was inspired by a speech made by Franklin D. Roosevelt, in which he articulated the four fundamental freedoms. It also includes works such as Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, and Freedom from Fear.
6. Alfred Eisenstaedt, V-J Day in Times Square (1945)
V-J Day in Times Square (also V-Day and The Kiss) is a legendary photo of a US Navy veteran kissing a stranger—a dental assistant—was taken on Victory over Japan Day (“V-J Day”) in Times Square, New York, on August 14, 1945.
7. John Trumbull, Death of General Montgomery at the Attack on Quebec (1786)
This Trumbull’s painting depicts General Montgomery’s brave but disastrous attempt to capture Quebec city during the Invasion of Canada in 1775. It was the first major military operation by the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.
8. Barnaby Furnas, Untitled (Antietam) (2008)
Barnaby Furnas is a contemporary American painter, formerly known as a graffiti artist. This work portrays the civil war, in a video-game-esque manner, with the Union and the Confederates on either side meeting in a clash of rifles and bullets. Furnas’s semi-abstract work uses a traditional medium in a completely modern way. As a result, he has developed his own style of ultra-violence.
9. Joe Rosenthal, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (1945)
This iconic photograph was taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. It captured five American Marines raising a U.S flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima in the final stages of the Pacific War. By the way, it was the only photograph to win the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in the same year as its publication.
We invite you to tell the story of your parents, grandparents, great grandparents, or just some acquaintances of yours, who took part in any war. Create their biographical profiles on prabook.com. Let’s never forget these people!