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Art of the Day – 03/06/17 (War Series: Victory, Jacob Lawrence)

Daily Artwork — “War Series: Victory, Jacob Lawrence, 1947”

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Jacob Lawrence’s War Series describes first-hand the sense of regimentation, community, and displacement that the artist experienced during his service in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. Lawrence served his first year in St. Augustine, Florida, in a racially segregated regiment where he was first given the rank of Steward’s Mate, the only one available to black Americans at the time. He befriended a commander who shared his interest in art, however, and he went on to serve in an integrated regiment as Coast Guard Artist, documenting the war in Italy, England, Egypt, and India. Those works are lost, but in 1946 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to paint the War Series. The fourteen panels of the series present a narrative which progresses from Shipping Out to Victory. In the panels, Lawrence adopted the silhouetted figures, prominent eyes, and simplified, overlapping profiles that are typical of Egyptian wall painting. And like the ancient painters, he transformed groups of figures into surface patterns, eschewing modeling and perspective in favor of the immediacy of bold, abstracted forms. In their alternation between vertical and horizontal formats, single figures and groups, and intense action and contemplation, the fourteen panels of the War Series testify to Lawrence’s belief that one cannot “tell a story in a single painting.” [Museum Card]

1947 — War Series: Victory.  Tempera on composition board. Expressionism style. Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000).  Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, USA.
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Posted by on March 6, 2017 in Daily Art

 

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Photo of the Day – 12/20/16 (“Foxhole Christmas”, 1944)

Daily Photo — “Foxhole Christmas, 1944”

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U.S. Army Sgt. John O’Brien of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania makes a cup of tea in his foxhole beside his makeshift Christmas tree prior to the Allied Roer (Rur) river crossing. Near Düren, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. December 1944. 

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Artwork of the Day – 11/11/15 (Soldier and Comrades, Norman Rockwell)

Daily Artwork — “Soldier and Comrades, Norman Rockwell, 1919”

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1919 — Soldier and Comrades. Oil on Canvas.  Regionalism style. Norman Rockwell  (1894-1978).
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Posted by on November 11, 2015 in Daily Art

 

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Photo of the Day – 6/12/13 (Civil War Camp, Petersburg, VA, 1864)

Daily Photo — “Civil War Camp, Petersburg, VA, 1864”

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August 1864. “Petersburg, Virginia. Federal soldier’s quarters.” A glimpse of camp life. Wet plate glass negative by Timothy H. O’Sullivan.

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Posted by on June 12, 2013 in Daily Photo

 

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