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The pounding of shells the mines the death traps the massive blind destruction the acrid stench of rotting flesh the communal graves the charred bodies and the fear These are the images of war War has changed over the centuries from battles of legions of ironclad soldiers enveloped in glimmering armor fighting for what they believe to senseless acts of guerrilla warfare against those too coward to be draft-dodgers Those who were there who experienced the terror first hand were deeply effected and changed forever In their retinas images of blood and gore are burned for the rest of their life It has been said that there is no point in the pretty flowery pastel art that makes a person feel good It doesnt have any use for the artist or the observer Art is supposed to deal with emotion It is one thing that helps people heal not only by seeing but also by doing Art is able to take all the bad emotions all the hurts and pains and lets you express them It is no wonder that many that have seen the destruction of war have turned to art You dont see any pretty pictures of war Id like you to find one pretty aspect of war There is none so therefore war as a subject for art is hardly ever pretty The stories that they write the paintings that they paint the pictures that they take are usually horrific scenes Only rarely do we see pictures of triumph ie raising the flag at Iwo Jima but those scenes take place only after the aftermath It is also no wonder that many war artists actually use their talent only during and after war They use their art as a place for catharsis Only after they are done healing the torment of the war they can be done with art One artist in World War One Braque fought in 1914 a
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