Laynor's WWII series are journalistic, most are watercolors, each
is a pensive reflection of Army training, friends, places and battles;
unique landscapes of Army life. A dark brooding aspect of the war
surfaces toward the end of this series. After he enters combat, brutal
remembrances of death, slaughter and the grotesque results of explosions
record the terror of WWII. Often, later after the war, he would deal
with the sad, jolting memories of war by painting dramatic, lonely
portraits of solitary tree stumps. Their branches are jagged remnants
of a once verdant life, yet they promise new life to come.
There are fifty
paintings from the WWII Series, produced over two years of his young
life. Each was very planned by Harold. Each relates to a specific
important incident during the war. On the psychological level, they
document a young soldier's reaction to war. On the aesthetic level,
they burst with raw talent and a need for expression no matter how
shocking the subject.
Gerard wrote an engrossing non-fiction novel about the Ghost Army
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the WWII Galleries