Soldier-artists ar Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1942
Soldier-artists at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, 1942
Since 1993, the Anne S. K. Brown Military Collection at Brown University Library has been attempting to create an archive devoted to World War Two art and artists. This has involved contacting over eighty artists known to have served during the war, and relatives of deceased artists, inviting them to donate pictures to the collection. The project has resulted in the donation of over 600 original works of art. A small selection of these are represented in the Brown exhibition and at Heritage Plantation.
Included are portraits, battle and campaign scenes, views in hospital or on board ship, prison-camps, images of destruction, the equipment of war, refugees and prisoners, cartoons, camp, and training scenes by thirty artists. Publications, documents and photographs relating to artists in the war are displayed also.
This exhibit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the end of World War Two, and recognizes the efforts of artists in wartime.