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Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Fletcher C. Ransom

Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sundays (when I feel like working), I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, and the like that produced them.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Fletcher C. Ransom

Fletcher Charles Ransom was born October 23, 1870 at Alamo, Michigan, and grew up on his family’s farm near Kalamazoo. He earned a scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago and later the Academy of Fine Art in New York City, settling in Gotham and becoming a successful commercial illustrator by the turn of the century.

He did sketches and paintings for Colliers, Woman’s Home Companion, Youth’s Companion, and McClures, as well as a number of calendar companies.

The Sentinel

The Sentinel

Cream of Wheat advert

Cream of Wheat advert

Perhaps his best known work is a series of 14 images of President Lincoln at various times in his life story on commission for the Chicago & Midland & Illinois Railroad Company, who used the imagery for decades and some of which is on display in a number of galleries today including the art collection of Congress.

Lincoln the Postmaster

Lincoln the Postmaster

Lincoln at Gettysburg

Lincoln at Gettysburg

In 1898, the 27-year-old Ransom packed his satchel and headed down to Tampa to entrain with the volunteers invading Cuba as part of Colliers’ coverage during the Spanish-American war. This led to a number of pieces on that conflict.

Teddy Roosevelt: The All American

Teddy Roosevelt: The All American

 

Forgotten Heroes: Captain Taylor leading the charge at San Juan

Forgotten Heroes; Captain Taylor, Troop C, 9th Calvary, Leading a Charge up the San Juan Hill in the Battle of Cuba. Importantly, this is one of the few images of the Buffalo Soldiers in action at San Juan Hill

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Widely disseminated sketch of Forgotten Heroes via the Mitchell Collection of African American History.

Further martial work in the 1900s included wartime pieces and others.

1915: American and Canadians at the border- 100 years of peace

1915: American and Canadians Cavalry at the Border- 100 Years of Peace

Homecoming, 1918

Homecoming, 1918

Later in life, Ransom left the rat race of the city and came back to Plainwell, Michigan, where he died May 2 1943.

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There are a number of online galleries as well as a few short bios of Ransom’s life while his painting of the 9th Cav in action in 1898 has taken on a life of its own.

Thank you for your work, sir.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Marc Lee

Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sundays (when I feel like working), I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, and the like that produced them.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Marc Lee

If you don’t know this amazing artist, you should.

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Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale

Groupe d’Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale

More here

Thank you for your work, sir.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Walter L. Greene

Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sundays (when I feel like working), I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, and the like that produced them.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Walter L. Greene

Born in Schenectady, New York, in 1870, Walter L. Greene studied drawing and illustration at Massachusetts State Normal School Academy of Art in Boston (now called Massachusetts College of Art and Design). After continuing his education in Europe, he returned to the states and in his 30s became the board artist first for General Electric and then for the New York Central Railroad.

Over the next several decades, he specialized in railway and maritime art for publication by his companies, producing posters, calendars, post cards, magazine ads and the like that had an eye for blending the most modern machines of the day with the mysteries of old to give the impression that industry was magical.

Eastward, Westward

Eastward, Westward

One of several original oil paintings by Schnectady artist Walter L. Greene commissioned by the New York Central Railroad to be reproduced as a travel poster advertising passenger service to the Adirondacks and Lake Placid, New York.

One of several original oil paintings by Schnectady artist Walter L. Greene commissioned by the New York Central Railroad to be reproduced as a travel poster advertising passenger service to the Adirondacks and Lake Placid, New York.

S.S. President Hoover on the Yangtze River,Shanghai

S.S. President Hoover on the Yangtze River,Shanghai

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Although his military work was limited, he did create an amazing set of paintings of the most modern warships of their day, to include the turbine-electric USS Saratoga (CV-3) and the USS New Mexico (BB-40)

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Saratoga by Walter green 1927

The Electric Ship, New Mexico (BB-40), painting by Walter L. Greene.

The Electric Ship, New Mexico (BB-40), painting by Walter L. Greene.

GE ad from the Electric Ship painting, published 1920

GE ad from the Electric Ship painting, published 1920

Greene passed in 1956, long after Saratoga was obliterated and sunk in the A-bomb tests at Bikini Atoll and New Mexico broken up for scrap in Newark.

Today his industrial work is celebrated by train enthusiasts while a number of his paintings are in the Navy Art Collection and on display at the Albany Institute of History and Art, New York, Arkell Museum at Canajoharie, New York, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum National Art Inventories.

Thank you for your work, sir.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Noriyoshi Ohrai

Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sundays (when I feel like working), I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, and the like that produced them.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Noriyoshi Ohrai

Born in 1935 in Akashi, Hyogo prefecture in what then was Imperian Japan, Ohrai (Ōrai) lived through the brutal firebombing of his country with B-29s flying overhead to blitz the Kawasaki Aircraft Industries factory outside of town and the shadow of old Akashi Castle looming. This intermingling of old and new in a traditional yet rapidly becoming dystopian society in his early development can be seen in Ohrai’s work.

Studying oil painting briefly at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, by 1962 he was hard at work in the Japanese film industry making movie posters which led to novel covers, illustrations for games and finally art collections of their own right.

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He shot to international acclaim with the overseas poster for Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 which of course led to a string of Gozilla posters, the Goonies poster, Japanese re-releases for the Star Wars series and others.

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His martial work included his Zombie Hunter, Pacific Theater of Operations, a volume on Miyamoto Musashi, a drawing collection of the battleship Yamato and much of the manga art for Kazumasa Hirai’s books. Finally, his MGS, the Snake imagery for the Metal Gear series is superb.

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Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi

Yamoto

Yamoto

Ōrai was awarded the Film Award in 2014, which includes the Distinguished Services Award for his achievements in film visuals by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan and Columbia University’s film school has an extensive collection of his work.

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Kazumasa Hirai died himself in January at age 76, while the artist Ohrai passed last month on October 27, age 79.

The Noriyoshi Ohrai Exhibition and Ohrai.net has an extensive collection of his work online.

Thank you for your work, sir.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Claus Bergen

Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sundays (when I feel like working), I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, and the like that produced them.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Claus Bergen

Born 18 April 1885 in Stuttgart, Claus Friedrich Bergen was a product of Kaiserian Imperial Germany. Studying at the at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, under the American-born master Carl von Marr, young Claus shined.

By his 22nd birthday had been selected to illustrate Karl May’s classic Teutonic fiction novels about Winnetou, the wise chief of the Apaches and Old Shatterhand, Winnetou’s white blood brother in the American Old West and Kara Ben Nemsi and his manservant Hadschi Halef Omar in the Sahara and Far East.

As May’s works were sold in upwards of 200 million copies, the more than 400 illustrations that Bergen did between 1907-14 for these books have been seen world wide.

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When the war came, Bergen was appointed as a naval artist to the Kaiserliche Marine and, in the weeks and months following the pivotal Battle of Jutland, created some of his best work.

High Seas Fleet setting sail 31 May 1916

High Seas Fleet setting sail 31 May 1916

German battleships passing Heligoland

German battleships passing Heligoland

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SMS-Grosse-Kurfurst-

German battleships in action

German battleships in action

Bridge of SMS Markgraf

Bridge of SMS Markgraf

Hipper leaving Lutzow for SMS Moltke

Hipper leaving Lutzow for SMS Moltke

Inside a battleship main turret

Inside a battleship main turret

German destroyers attack the British battleship line at Jutland 31 May

German destroyers attack the British battleship line at Jutland 31 May

SMS-Seydlitz seeing what hell looks like

SMS-Seydlitz seeing what hell looks like

Night action

Night action

SMS- Thuringen and HMS Black Prince

SMS Thuringen lighting up HMS Black Prince

The Kaiser addressing the High Seas fleet after Jutland

The Kaiser addressing the High Seas fleet after Jutland

In 1917, Bergen embarked on tiny SM U-53, a 213-foot Type 51 unterseeboot conned by legendary Fregattenkapitän Hans Rose, who won both the Pour le Mérite and the Ritterkreuz for sending a staggering 79 Allied ships to the bottom of the Atlantic (including six while bobbing off the Nantucket Lightship in 1916) and went to sea on a two month war cruise. The images he saw in the heavy seas were burned into his memory and he committed them to canvas for posterity.

In den Wellenbergen

In den Wellenbergen

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U-53 in the summer of 1917

U-53 in the summer of 1917

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During WWII, Bergen, then in his 50s, was a party member and one of the Reich’s favored painters. He continued working, composing military subjects on the list of those approved by Berlin.

Battleship Schlesig-Holstein on 1st-September 1939 fires the first naval shots of the War at Danzig

Battleship Schlesig-Holstein on 1st-September 1939 fires the first naval shots of the War at Danzig

1942 U-boot Type IX

1942 U-boot Type IX

Prinz Eugen at Denmark Strait Painting by Claus Bergen

Prinz Eugen at Denmark Strait Painting by Claus Bergen

Dornier Flugboot X

Dornier Flugboot X

After the war, he escaped his Nazi party associations and, living in West Germany at 8172 Lenggries/OBB, painted simple sea scenes and landscapes…

Mit Wind und Wellen

Mit Wind und Wellen

Though he did paint the cover of the 1950s board-game Bismarck, one of the most popular in the U.S. at the time.

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He donated several large pieces to U.S. and British public museums and the Admiralty after the Second World War, many of which are on display around the UK. He is also celebrated, of course, by the Karl May Society and others. The Hellmann Art Gallery in Munich contains a large body of his more famous works.

Dr. Bergen was impressed with the President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 visit to Germany (Ich bin ein Berliner) and wanted to present him with one of his paintings because of the President’s love of the sea and maritime art. His gift, The Atlantic, shows the windswept Atlantic at twilight and hung in the Atlantic Room of the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum for years, making Bergen possibly the only artist to have presented canvas to Kaiser Wilhelm, Hitler and JFK.

Bergen died 4 October 1964 in Lenggries, Bavaria at age 79.

For more Bergen pieces on Jutland, see British Battle’s excellent series of articles on the clash.

Thank you for your work, sir.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau

Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sundays (when I feel like working), I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, and the like that produced them.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau

Born in Barcelona in 1964, Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau Nieto is a hyper-realist painter whose work is haunting. Completing his national service with the Spanish Army in 1984, he has been a painter to the Spanish Ministry of Defense in recent years as well as a well-known military illustrator.

U Boot, by Augusto Ferrer Dalmau u-boat

U Boot, by Augusto Ferrer Dalmau u-boat

Trooper, Alcantara Chasseurs Regiment, 14th Cavalry, 1921

Trooper, Alcantara Chasseurs Regiment, 14th Cavalry, 1921

Spanish Royal Guard Tiradores de la Guardia Real, 1838 by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau

Spanish Royal Guard Tiradores de la Guardia Real, 1838 by Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau

LTC. Fernando Primo De Rivera, commanding officer of Alcantara Cavalry Regiment in the summer of 1921

LTC. Fernando Primo De Rivera, commanding officer of Alcantara Cavalry Regiment in the summer of 1921

Don Quijote de la Mancha in his uniform carlista y Sancho Panza Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau

Don Quijote de la Mancha in his uniform carlista y Sancho Panza Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau

Don Quijote de la Mancha coracero y Sancho Panza

Don Quijote de la Mancha coracero y Sancho Panza

Cazador a caballo de la Guardia Imperial Chasseur à cheval de la Garde Impériale Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau

Cazador a caballo de la Guardia Imperial Chasseur à cheval de la Garde Impériale Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau

Bourbon Regiment, 5th Line Cavalry, Army of the Center. In Cuenca, at the end of december 1808, during the Peninsular War.

Bourbon Regiment, 5th Line Cavalry, Army of the Center. In Cuenca, at the end of december 1808, during the Peninsular War.

Agustina de Aragon, by Augusto Ferrer Dalmau

Agustina de Aragon, by Augusto Ferrer Dalmau

Rocroi, the last Tercio, 1643 - Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau

Rocroi, the last Tercio, 1643 – Augusto Ferrer-Dalmau

In addition to his historical works, he has gone downrange and sketched modern military conflict in Afghanistan.

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The Spanish government has awarded him La Orden del Mérito Civil for his work.

He maintains an extensive sample of his art online at his Facebook page which is worth following as is his blog as is his website.

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Thank you for your work, sir.

Combat Gallery Sunday: The Martial Art of Albert Brenet

Much as once a week I like to take time off to cover warships (Wednesdays), on Sundays (when I feel like working), I like to cover military art and the painters, illustrators, sculptors, and the like that produced them.

Combat Gallery Sunday : The Martial Art of Albert Brenet

Born June 25, 1903 at Harfleur, a small coastal town on the Normandy Coast, Albert Victor Eugene Brenet was almost delivered into saltwater. As a youth, he sketched the fishing boats and coastal craft that frequented his city and by 1920 at age 17 had earned a place at the École des beaux-arts in Paris.

However, the young rake soon left school and arranged passage on the leaky old three-masted barque Bonchamps, one of the last French sailing ships in commercial service, and spent several months aboard her on the Australian run with an extended stay in the French West Indies.

Bonchamp, as she looked in 1902

Bonchamp, as she looked in 1902

This undoubtedly influenced his paintings even more. More travel was offered him when he ventured to equatorial Africa with a prize funds from awarded by the Salon des Artistes Français.

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By the late 1920s he was a regular with the magazine L’Illustration and soon took to other commercial work than included much travel advertising for Air France, Imperial Airways and Air Algeria in the 1930s.

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1935.

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By 1936 he was named an official illustrator of the French Department of Marine and in that line painted French warships, sailors, aircraft and Marines.

Le Bouvet aux Dardanelles

Le Bouvet aux Dardanelles

Le Bougainville arrivant à Tahiti

Le Bougainville arrivant à Tahiti

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Early French predreadnought battleships Amiral Duperré, in the center is the Redoutable and to the right is the Formidable

Early French predreadnought battleships Amiral Duperré, in the center is the Redoutable and to the right is the Formidable

Bréguet 521 Bizerte en panne va être remorqué par torpilleur

Bréguet 521 Bizerte en panne va être remorqué par torpilleur

Caught in London in June 1940 on business, he was effectively exiled from France for the war but contributed to the war effort through illustration.

SPITFIRE XIV au décollage

SPITFIRE XIV au décollage

Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk

Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk

Hydravion survolant un convoi maritime

Hydravion survolant un convoi maritime

charge of the spahis la bataille de La Horgne le 15 mai 1940

charge of the spahis la bataille de La Horgne le 15 mai 1940

CHANCE VOUGHT V.156 à l’attaque

CHANCE VOUGHT V.156 à l’attaque

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Avro Lancaster

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In 1946 he was awarded the Legion of Honor for his service to the country and was made an official artist to all three service branches.

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French military gendarmes. Note the breech cover on the MAS rifle

French military gendarmes. Note the breech cover on the MAS rifle

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French Marins commandos, 1960s, note MAT-49 subguns

French Marins commandos, 1960s, note MAT-49 subguns

He continued his work, specializing in Gouache board, and moved into illustrations for books (illustrating a release of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days, in 1976), models, and continued his duties to the Republic, venturing out on the carrier Foch as late as the 1991.

SS France at Saint-Nazaire, 1961

SS France at Saint-Nazaire, 1961

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Super Etendard launching, 1991, Foch

Super Etendard launching, 1991, Foch

Mural for the 8th Cavalry regiment, 1993

Mural for the 8th Cavalry regiment, 1993

He died in 2003.

A number of his works are at the Musee National de la Marine at Toulon, the Musée portuaire de Dunkerque, the Gallimard National Maritime Museum, and elsewhere and are available on the Portail des collections des musées de France (for example here) and there are numerous online galleries that host his images.

Thank you for your work, sir.

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