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Joan of Arc
Canonized as a Roman Catholic saint, Joan of Arc (1412-1431) was a peasant teenage girl who made history. Guided by her courage and visions of Saints she led the French army under Charles VII to victories during the Hundred Years’ War, which recovered France from English domination. While the girl didn’t participate in actual combat, she was wounded several times, serving as inspiration, strategizing military, and working on diplomatic solutions to the English. She was captured by the pro-English faction and later tried on many charges, one of which included wearing men’s clothing. Joan of Arc burned at the stake at 19 years of age, and was later declared a national symbol of France by Napoleon.
I’ve decided to paint the 600 year old tragedy with a modern reference to it. I took a picture of Joan of Arc at the church in Dijon, France. Lit by the orange candles, it was a beautiful and somber sculpture of a teenage girl who had held strong beliefs at her heart that propelled her to act courageously. The realistic appearance of that sculpture made me think of all the women fighting in war zones today, dying for a cause they decided to believe in and be a part of. I set the figure in a dark landscape of Afghanistan with the choppers flying across the gloomy sky.
original oil painting on archival board
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framed with a real wood frame, ready to hang in your home or office
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