Accession Number : ADA307763

Title :   Operational Art 101: A Primer from Picasso to the Persian Gulf. Creating a Masterpiece of Long-Standing Value.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Venlet, Douglas J.

PDF Url : ADA307763

Report Date : 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 28

Abstract : Since Alexander Svechin coined the term 'Operational Art,' there has been a need to understand its application. Christened an art, the mind conjures a finished product which is observable, meaningful, organized, and well-orchestrated. Yet, as with visual art, to intelligently analyze it, or better yet produce it, one must become familiar with techniques which serve as practical tools of understanding. Art is mysterious, intangible, and very personal to the artist. How can military leaders from varying backgrounds learn to apply the art in the same way? Basic concepts of artistic design can assist. They do not serve to redefine Operational Art or its familiar terminology. But the aspects of art, the elements of composition, and the principles of design do serve as basic building blocks to which the military artist can compare. Most importantly, the principles of design are unchanging no matter the form of art-- music, literature, or painting. If the application is universal to all forms of art, should they not apply to Operational Art? This paper proposes they do, and sequentially outlines how the artist's method of approach can serve as a conceptual model of understanding for the Operational Artist.

Descriptors :   *INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS, *MILITARY ART, MODELS, PERSIAN GULF, LONG RANGE(TIME), MILITARY COMMANDERS.

Subject Categories : Information Science
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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