Over the past year and ironically concluding today, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC) has had a remarkable exhibition on display of Artist Soldiers. To quote from their site:
Artistic expression during the war contributed to this transformation. Before World War I, war art largely depicted heroic military leaders and romanticized battles, done long after the fact, far from the battlefield. The First World War marked a turning point with the appearance of artwork intended to capture the moment in a realistic way, by first-hand participants. This exhibition examines this form of artistic expression from two complementary perspectives. One is professional artists who were recruited by the U.S. Army, serving in the AEF. They were the first true combat artists. The other is soldiers who created artwork. Their self-expression in the form of stone carvings in underground shelters, hidden away for a century, has been brought to light for the first time through the stunning photographs of photographer, artist, and explorer, Jeff Gusky. Together, these soldier works of art shed light on World War I in a compelling and very human way. (airandspace.si.edu)
Please follow this link if you are interested.
The Hero Image is Newly Arrived Troops Debarking at Brest by Walter Jack Duncan. (Credit: airandspace.si.edu)