Art from the Trenches

America's Uniformed Artists in World War I

978-1-62349-202-1 Flexbound (with Flaps)
10 x 10. 172 pp. 8 b&w photos. 66 tinted plates.
Pub Date: 02/19/2015
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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.

Williams-Ford Texas A&M University Military History Series

Published by Texas A&M University Press