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New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« on: October 06, 2015, 04:32:47 AM »
Vieux Charles
18" x 14"
oil on linen panel
 
Although technically ranking second to Rene Fonck among the French aces of World War I, Georges Guynemer was first in the hearts of his countrymen during the war due to his humility, skill and devotion to his country. Born in Paris in 1894, he was a frail, sickly child and was home schooled until age 14. Though lacking in physical skills, Georges showed an aptitude for both target shooting and mechanics - two skills which would serve him well as a military aviator. Although he was originally rejected from military service due to his poor physical condition, he finally passed the medical examination on the fourth attempt after his father intervened on his behalf. He succeeded as an aviator through his enormous drive and self-confidence.
Guynemer joined Escadrille MS.3 in June of 1915 and served in the same unit for his entire service. Over the course of his service the unit transitioned from Moraine Saulniers to Nieuports to SPAD VIIs and XIIIs, thus changing designations from MS.3 to N.3 and the SPA.3. The aircraft of SPA.3 were famous for the red storks which emblazoned their fuselages. The stork was known to nest annually in the chimneys of Alsace-Lorraine, and the squadron’s logo symbolized France’s determination to return and retake that region. Guymener’s personal aircraft often bore the marking “Vieux Charles” (Old Charles), and this particular SPAD VII, S'254, now hangs on display at the Musée de l'air et de l’Espace at Le Bourget Airport in Paris.
In February 1917 Guynemer became the first Allied pilot to shoot down a German heavy bomber, and in March, 1917, he became the first Frenchman to shoot down three enemy planes in one day. In May, 1917,he downed seven German aircraft. Perhaps the greatest story from his career was one told by German Ace Ernst Udet (A Lesson From the Master). His success earned him enough influence to affect French fighter aircraft development. In December 1916, he wrote a letter to the chief designer at SPAD criticizing the SPAD VII as inferior to the German Halberstadt. As a result, SPAD developed two new but very similar models, the SPAD XII and SPAD XIII. On Sept. 11, 1917 he failed to return from a combat mission. He was confirmed missing in action by his squadron commander Major Brocard. His death was finally confirmed by the Germans who stated that a sergeant in the 413th Regiment found and identified the pilot's body, and news of his death was officially announced in Paris two weeks later.

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Re: New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2015, 04:48:12 AM »
What a fantastic painting!  I really like the light and the way it catches the wings and the reflections thrown up to the underside of the wings.

The colours you have used give the whole painting a warm and weightless quality.

Love it.

Suzanne
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Re: New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2015, 11:05:55 AM »
Russell,
Gorgeous work as always! One of my favorite First War subjects! The story line is excellent.
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Re: New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2015, 12:10:30 PM »
Brilliant Russell!

Every WWI airplane nut should put a visit to Le Bourget on their bucket list, if only to view 'Vieux Charles':




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Re: New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2015, 12:54:31 PM »
An absolutely brilliant painting Russell and thank you for the history behind the aeroplane.

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Re: New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2015, 06:20:05 PM »
Wonderful work, Russell!  You have such a talent
for bringing these wonderful aeroplanes to life!

Cheers,
Ernie :)
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Re: New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2015, 07:18:55 PM »
Another beauty to behold, Russ  ;) Well done!!

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Re: New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2015, 06:55:01 AM »
Thanks so much everyone.  :)
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Re: New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« Reply #8 on: October 07, 2015, 07:32:22 AM »
Superb work as ever, Russell. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Best wishes
Nigel

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Re: New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2015, 12:19:25 PM »
Breathtaking!  Colour, "movement", the sky condition............all brought together so beautifully. Nicely done doesn't say it well enough Russell, but I'm lost for words!
Cheers,
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Re: New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2015, 09:10:05 PM »
Yet one more masterpiece from your hands, Russell. Just beautiful.
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Re: New painting - "Vieux Charles"
« Reply #11 on: October 09, 2015, 02:45:56 AM »
That is a beautiful piece of art. Just WOW. Love it.
James