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Dietz WW1 Gallery
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Another from the period in question… many little events capture the eye whilst taking in the big picture… what a pleasure for the lucky owner! No prints as far as I know. πŸ˜₯


In The Rough by James Dietz.

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January 8, 2007 - 10:50 pm
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Today’s offering is a big action piece from an interesting and original angle… in a word… WOW :thumbsup… and hang on to your stomach! :crazy1


From Heaven by James Dietz.

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In The Rough by James Dietz.

Wow … what a stunning piece. I just love the near monotone color scheme, with almost a “hand-tinted photograph” look to the addition of color. Perfect for the period and mood of the piece.

A masterwork, for sure. Good on ya, James! 😎

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January 10, 2007 - 3:12 am
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And now a slightly different direction… amongst the many images that Jim has sent me, there are several depictions from the pioneering days of aviation which I wish to include in the gallery… so without further ado I offer this little gem for your consideration. πŸ™‚


Le Vainqueur Americain by James Dietz.

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January 10, 2007 - 4:35 pm
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One or two more. πŸ™‚


Like An Angel by James Dietz.


Journey Delayed by James Dietz.

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There are some great images here; it’s great to see some aircraft of the Great War period.

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Well folks, as we near the end of this cyber walk-through designed to show how a Dietz WW1 (and early aviation) art book might have looked… I hope that you have garnered as much pleasure from viewing the paintings as I have had in presenting them to you. πŸ™‚

And of course a big thanks to Jim for digging around in his archives and providing most of the images that have been used here. 😎 :thumbsup

Accordingly, I will leave you with a further small selection of goodies to close proceedings and thanks for looking over the last few weeks. :wink2 congrats1


Downed by James Dietz.


The Future by James Dietz.

This one had to go in for posterity. wink It is the original of the tiny giclee issue of three that Barnstormer presented on page 1 of this thread. 8)


Kong by James Dietz.

And finally, appropriately named, a personal favorite featuring the great ace himself. :happy


Last Word by James Dietz.

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January 10, 2007 - 10:32 pm
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Very nice presentation!

Thanks for your time and trouble, Stormy, for putting that display together. And thanks to Jim for his willingness to share all those images.

Two things that I always seem to pick up from Jim’s paintings, no matter what the era, are the “period” feel that they all seem to have, and the rich feeling of atmospherics, or degree of depth that he has a flair for imparting in his artworks.

Nice job all around! :thumbsup2

P.S.-If anybody runs across a reasonably priced print of “Maximum Effort”, please give me a shout.

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January 11, 2007 - 12:17 am
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Very nice presentation!

Thanks for your time and trouble, Stormy, for putting that display together.

Muchas gracias!… appreciated. πŸ™‚

Since signing off on the above thread, I have discovered that Jim painted six portraits of leading WW1 aces and show the first three images below (with thanks to Barnstormer who once owned the originals).

Question: Who can name them? Russ and Barnstormer excluded. :winkwink Three more to follow… prize would have been a Flyboys DVD to the first person to name all six correctly (until I realised it’s only on release in the States this month not rest of world). Phew! lol lol

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And the second three are…???

If it gets too hard, I might have to offer that Flyboys DVD after all. LOL lol Great portraits BTW. πŸ™‚

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OK – Here’s a shot:

Georges Guynemer
Ernst Udet
Francesco Baracca
Albert Ball
Godwin Brumowski
Frank Luke

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I too would love an aviation art book devoted to WW1. James Dietz could fill a big WW1 book nicely. Thinking even bigger, how about a really, really big WW1 book that includes other fantastic WW1 artists? I’d vote for Steve Anderson, Mike O’Neal, Russell Smith…

After checking out that SE-5A oil sketch, maybe we could add Wade Meyers to the list as well.

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January 11, 2007 - 1:53 am
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OK – Here’s a shot:

Georges Guynemer
Ernst Udet
Francesco Baracca
Albert Ball
Godwin Brumowski
Frank Luke

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Give that man a prize!

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January 11, 2007 - 1:55 am
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I too would love an aviation art book devoted to WW1. James Dietz could fill a big WW1 book nicely. Thinking even bigger, how about a really, really big WW1 book that includes other fantastic WW1 artists? I’d vote for Steve Anderson, Mike O’Neal, Russell Smith…

After checking out that SE-5A oil sketch, maybe we could add Wade Meyers to the list as well.

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Patience fuzzy. What you have mentioned IS in the works! (not sure how close it is to fruition, though.)

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Sweet!

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January 11, 2007 - 3:56 am
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Geez fuzzy, how fast was that! πŸ˜€ I thought it would take a while to unravel… especially as this forum is predominantly WW2 focused.congrats1

But as hinted at previously… watch out for an increasingly popular WW1 avart scene in the next few years as the centenary of the start of the Great War draws closer. A humble prediction that may or may not be proved correct in the course of time. πŸ’‘ wink

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Direct from the Dietz archives… four portraits…

… and a funeral!


Waiting For The Tender by James Dietz.

A few more later. πŸ™‚

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I really am going to sign off after this post!… but first a quote from Jim’s book written by Jay Broze that puts it all in perspective. πŸ™‚

Quote: ” Jim followed a demand for ‘gallery pieces’ back to one of his favorite historical periods, the early days of aviation. As he puts it, ” I had shot off my mouth about how I could really do a job on WW1 flying, so I had to produce something”.

Comfortable painting the human form, Jim thought the relatively small size of early aircraft, as well as their frail structures, would make them ideal for compositions centered on people. These characters were so dominant in his WW1 pieces that he gained a reputation as an aviation painter who didn’t paint airplanes.

He was also known for getting the details right, from czarist ration boxes to Austrian engine fittings. Many of his WW1 paintings were produced as limited edition prints, but Jim’s style was more attractive to collectors of original art than to print publishers”. End quote.

I think he produced!! So to the final two images… the first shows us how well Jim does in fact paint aircraft. lol


The Red Baron by James Dietz.

And the second… one that fits our period well, demonstrates ideally a composition centered on people and speed, and I am assured will be enjoyed by Barnstormer! 😎


Wheel To Wheel by James Dietz.

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Since signing off on the above thread, I have discovered that Jim painted six portraits of leading WW1 aces and show the first three images below (with thanks to Barnstormer who once owned the originals).

Umm, I have the Seventh… πŸ˜‰


I bought this in 1990 or 1991 from a US gallery, who got it directly from Jim, so I believe it was never owned by Barnstormer.

Can anyone guess who this is? 8)

I believe there may be more than seven. Can Jim remember?

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Trying to keep my streak alive!

Herman Goering (Before he got really fat and started wearing tights, of course).

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