War Art

Sketchbook brings soldiers to life

Richard Johnson is an old-school war artist. He’s walked the hard miles in Iraq and Afghanistan, shunning the camera for pencil and sketchbook, speedily yet meticulously recording soldiers at war and peace in shades of grey. Born in Scotland and now living in Maryland, the man technically known as a news illustrator has taken...
  • Paraskeva Clark

    November 1, 2004 by Jennifer Morse
    CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM–AN19710261-0685 ‘Quaicker Girls’. Paraskeva Clark’s paintings depict activities of the Royal Canadian AirForce Women’s Division. Paraskeva Clark believed the art of a nation is not made by a few elite artists of the time, but by the many who give us variety in...
  • Dorothy Stevens

    September 1, 2004 by Jennifer Morse
    CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM—AN19710261-0955 Munitions—Fuse Factory. The early decades of the 20th century were a time of momentous change for women in Canada. During World War I, women were not recruited as official war artists. Instead, female artists were limited to commissions on subjects deemed appropriate...
  • Arthur Lismer

    July 1, 2004 by Jennifer Morse
    CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM–AN19710261-0342 Minesweepers, Halifax. Prior to becoming famous as a founding member of the Group of Seven, Arthur Lismer sharpened his painting skills in Halifax during the last years of World War I. He had a brilliant summer palette, and produced oil paintings that...
  • Orville Fisher

    May 1, 2004 by Jennifer Morse
    Orville Fisher landed with the troops on D-Day, and his paintings record the historic assault and the chaos of battle. Clockwise from top: Engineers Clearing Roads Through Caen; Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders; Scheldt Crossing; Battle for Carpiquet Airfield. The will to survive must have...
  • George Broomfield

    January 1, 2004 by Jennifer Morse
    George Broomfield’s paintings depict airmen and the advance through Northwest Europe. From top: Transport With Supplies For 2nd Army In Belgium; French Farm, Normandy; 143 Wing, Second Tactical Air Force Move Into Eindhoven, Holland; Troops From Front Passing Through Norrey-En-Bessin, Normandy. Few artists saw what...
  • Manly MacDonald

    November 1, 2003 by Jennifer Morse
    Paintings by Manly MacDonald depict work on the home front during World War 1. We often think of rugged northern landscapes when we picture Canadian art, but Manly MacDonald preferred the charm of rural life in southern Ontario. His generous style had a distinctly Canadian...

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