7 Paintings Made on War-Time Execution Theme

Here are some of the most revolutionary paintings of all time that shows the connection between art and politics. Art and politics share a very common connection made of mutual benefits and common purpose. If we look back in the past you can see that how artistic research has set a stage for politics to express them freely a place where you can freely support and protest any propaganda.

In the Past art was mainly entitled to empower politics and celebrate the dominance of certain reign through symbolic art.

In the current time, art acts as a form of protest and satire, and from this context, here are the 15 most revolutionary paintings which depict the common connection between art and politics.

The Battle of San Romano 

The battle of san romano is a Painting by Paolo Uccello in 1438 ca.

The painting depicts the battle between Florence and Siena.  In This battle, Florentines were about to get defeated but managed to win because of the heroic intervention of Micheletto da Cotignola. This painting was made to celebrate the victory of the winning house which in this case was the Di Bartolomeo Bartolini Salimbeni House. The is an example of how commissioned art worked at that time.

The Surrender of Breda

The famous Siege of Breda, a glorifying victory accomplished by Philip II

The Surrender of Breda is a painting done by Diego Velazquez The aim of the painting was to glorify the French Family. In Particularly one person the commissioner Philip IV of Spain also depicted his ancestors’  military achievement. At this time the freedom of artists was diminished to compositional matters. The Magnificent piece is a perfect example of the service an artist was required to do during the monocracy times and that is to depict the relation between politics and art.

Liberty Leading The People

A Painting Depicting People of Civil War

Liberty Leading the People is a painting done by Eugene Delacroix in the year 1830. It was during the french revolution that art became a way to enhance the spirit of people who set up against monarchic dominance and oppression.  Artists like Eugene Delacroix with great symbolic power to give voice to the people in civil war. In This particular painting, a person is holding a french flag leading the french republic against the monarchic dictatorship. It also describes the necessary violence that came with civil war.

 The Third of May 1808

The Third of May 1808 is a painting done By Francisco Goya in 1814. This Picture depicts the brutality and crudeness of war it depicts the execution by the Napolean army of Madrilenian patriots. This Picture depicts the highest form of what is known as revolutionary. Courageous and honest like the eyes of the people being executed. This is the most famous painting of the 1900s and served as a model for another political masterpiece.

The Execution of Emperor Maximilian

The Executive Of Emperor Maximilian

The Execution Of Emperor Maximilian is a painting made by Edouard Manet in the year 1868-69. Edouard Manet was a very active artist in terms of political art masterpieces.  Moreover, about magnet art, John Elderfield stated: “political art… does not reduce human affairs to slogans; it complicates rather than simplifies”. About The Particular painting. If we are looking at the painting it looks similar to the previous model of painting adopted by Goya. In This painting, as you can see of the general has his arms raised and another soldier is waiting to executed with his hands crossed. The Emperor, Maximilian looks astonished at his unavoidable destiny he is looking very surprised and unprepared for his terrible faith.

Massacre in KoreaMassacre in Korea is a painting done by Pablo in 1950.

The painting titled “Massacre in Korea” Picaso absorbed and translated made his own version. IT looks like communist political work. The focus of the painting is to put a comparison between Napoleonic troops and  Imperialistic forces that reined over North Korea

Guernica By Pablo Picasso

Guernica is a painting done by Pablo Picaso in 1973

One of the most influential political paintings in the world with a strong message against war although critiques interpret it as ambiguous.

Artistic response to the bombing of Basque village Guernica, the painting describes the agony of people, animals, and their environment. Military action was enforced by Italian and German forces but it was requested by Franco, essentially it was the act of supporting his regime. The horror of civil war in Spain is seen by the world, mural-sized paintings with gray, black, and white palettes revive tragedy in the eyes of the spectator.

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