War

 

 

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Katrina, 2006, oil on canvas. 

Oscar Page, Jr., American born 1943.  76th Juried Show at the Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia

 

 

The security of New Orleans was militarized during the Katrina hurricane in 2005.

 

An alternative denied by the war chief to the current North American president to deal with this troubled moment. 

 

In 1997, Congress and President Clinton approved the transfer of surplus military materiel into the hands of police. 

Military materiel, arms, tactics and body armour have been in more widespread use among the police since 9/11.

 

It isn’t called ‘war’.  There are other synonyms passing under the rubric: law and order.

 

It is almost as though there is a longing for war

 

as though democracy has run riot and only military force can quiet the demands, the complaints, the requests for redress of grievances

 

and impose ‘peace’ which is really the quiet of an intimidated people.

 

 

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As above

 

 

Note the dog.

It is a bare suggestion of a dog and not painted as fully as the other characters.

It stands as though alert but confused between the boy and the soldier.

It appears to denote both our attachment to dogs and the use of dogs in police and military work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “War

  1. That painting is very expressive! The boy is the one figure totally in the picture. It’s about him. The soldier’s head is cut off like maybe he can’t think. The woman has a grimace on her face. You can’t tell if the gun is on the boy or not touching him from the perspective shown. The dog, which usually symbolizes loyalty in paintings is a ghost. His back is turned on the boy but he’s looking at the boy. The dog might be loyal to the soldier or it might turn on the soldier and attack him if he shoots the boy. But could an insubstantial dog hurt anyone. I agree, the dog is confused.

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