Module 5 Art and War
One of the most difficult subjects for an artist to deal with is the profound circumstances surrounding any war.
You are not required to use any specific website, or article to succeed in this module. You may always use your own independent research in all the assignments in this module. The websites, articles; and links, in the course are all examples of research done on the topic in this module.
The subject is a magnet because of it’s theme of good versus evil, God versus godlessness, order versus chaos.
But at the same time, how do we remember the victims of this event, without trivializing in any way the event. Do I want to make a good painting of warfare?
And what does that mean if I win a prize, receive awards for this great work?
You can’t miss with young men/women dying on the battlefield, away from home.
If you can’t get people to cry at that , you are one sorry artist.
You get my attitude here?
Some artists think that there is no way to avoid getting into the contradictions inherent in dealing with the subject.
And then , who wants to go see a show of warfare works? And who will buy one? I think I will stick to pretty seascapes, or red barns.
But should I be doing Iraq, and Afghanistan paintings at this point?
Just as any artist worthy of the title used to paint crucifixions, warfare provide artists a chance to really deal with profound issues of love, death; and rememberance. And also join a chorus of voices affirming that this kind of event will never happen again. Not while I can still hold a brush.
Read part of Chapter 4_Periods in Art History. Beginning with the Video on Linear Perspective Brunelleschi’s Experiment_to Key Characteristics of Art: 1900 to the Present.
Students will gain knowledge of the many periods in the History of Art, from Prehistoric Art to the 21st Century.
Learning Outcomes_Students will research the theme of war in the history of art, from the ancient near east through postmodern art.
Module 5 Key Links
Smithsonian_Civil War and American Art
Discussions: See instructions for the three forums:
Discussion 1 We will research and discuss the painting Guernica, by Pablo Picasso
Discussion 2 We will discuss the Nazi theft of art in WWII.
Discussion 3 We will research, and discuss artists who have war as a subject.