Art from the Trenches
America's Uniformed Artists in World War I
Military History - World War I
10 x 10, 172 pp.
8 b&w photos. 66 tinted plates.
Pub Date: 02/19/2015
Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series
  flexbound (with flaps)
Price:        $35.00

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Art from the Trenches

America's Uniformed Artists in World War I

By Alfred Emile Cornebise

Since ancient times, wars have inspired artists and their patrons to commemorate victories. When the United States finally entered World War I, American artists and illustrators were commissioned to paint and draw it. These artists’ commissions, however, were as captains for their patron: the US Army.

The eight men—William J. Aylward, Walter J. Duncan, Harvey T. Dunn, George M. Harding, Wallace Morgan, Ernest C. Peixotto, J. Andre Smith, and Harry E. Townsent—arrived in France early in 1918 with the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF).

Alfred Emile Cornebise presents here the first comprehensive account of the US Army art program in World War I. The AEF artists saw their role as one of preserving images of the entire aspect of American involvement in a way that photography could not.

ALFRED EMILE CORNEBISE is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and author of several books about the military and its use of the media in World War I.

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