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Military Art

Since the beginning of history, man has been recording his military conquests in art form. Whether it is hieroglyphics found on Egyptian walls, or even prehistoric drawings found in the caves of France, military art has always been a significant way of documenting the rise and falls of nations, tribes, and peoples.

As time progressed, people continued with the tradition of military art, but chose to use more conventional art forms then cave walls and papyrus. Many early art pieces exist that document countless battles. These pictures and paintings are also being created today. More importantly, however, was that for these early periods of time, before their were newspapers, the Internet, or digital cameras, military art was one of the most relied upon detailed documents to give civilians an accurate description of what was taking place on the battlefield. If it weren’t for early forms of military art, we would not have an understanding of the detailed uniforms worn by many soldiers, as well as see depictions of what was happening during the time of war.

Many of the early military art works have found their way into museums across the world. Some painters and artists were commissioned by governments to create these forms of journalism as well. Some of the more famous military artists are:
· Eric Aldwinkle
· John Nash
· Paul Nash
· Ivor Hele
· Elizabeth Thompson
· Peter Howson
· Valerio Castello
· William Dargie
· Jacques Courtois
· Ernest Crofts
· John Wootton
· Peter McIntyre
· John Longstaff
· George Washington Lambert
· Wendy Sharpe
· Nicholas Pocock
· Glen Braden
· Dru Blair
· Mark Churms
· David Cohen
· John Warr
· Ron C. Virts
· Rich Thistle
· Jim Stovall
· Dieter Stenger
· Christ Stopa
· David Lee Sample