Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Oil Portrait of General Omar N. Bradley

        General Omar Nelson Bradley                                        "The Soldiers General"

General Omar Bradley  32 x 26 oil on linen

 "Leadership means firmness, not harshness or bullying; understanding, not weakness; justice, not irresponsible freedom; humaneness, not intolerance; generosity, not selfishness; pride, not egotism." Omar N. Bradley

"We live in a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants, in a world that has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. We have solved the mystery of the atom and forgotten the lessons of the Sermon on the Mount. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about dying than we know about living." Omar N. Bradley


These words are so  pertinent for the world we are living in today. Where are the leaders?

Omar Bradley was a true leader and as you can see from his above quotes, he was a man of quality and insight.


I was inspired to paint this portrait of  Omar Nelson Bradley to honor a man of such integrity and conviction. He is an inspiration! 


The portrait shows  him in his office with a map of the D-Day invasion in the back wall. I based the portrait on a Library of Congress photograph and then made some changes to the composition.




Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 - April 8, 1981) was a  United States Army field commander and a senior officer of the United States Army in North Africa and Europe during World War II.  As a decorated 5 Star General of the U.S. Army, he was called "The Soldiers General" because for his care and sensitivity towards the enlisted men under his command.

From the Normandy landings through the end of the war in Europe, Bradley had command of all U.S. ground forces invading Germany from the west; he ultimately commanded forty-three divisions and 1.3 million men, the largest body of American soldiers ever to serve under a U.S. field commander.

After the war, Bradley headed the Veterans Administration and became the Chief of Staff of the United States Army. In 1949, he was appointed the first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the following year oversaw the policy-making for the Korean War, before retiring from active service in 1953.

Close up of Portrait Image

Reference photo for Portrait

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