Art of US soldiers on display for first time

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    #1 Colin1, Jul 21, 2010
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    by Andrew Hough
    The Daily Telegraph 21 July 2010

    A soldier stares into the distance, shell-shocked by the reality of the battlefield in a picture painted by a man who witnessed it first-hand. Tom Lea was serving with the US Army when he created That 2,000-yard Stare in 1944.

    The Second World War painting is one of more than 300 artworks by servicemen and women going on display for the first time. The exhibition covers every conflict fought by American soldiers from the First World War to Afghanistan.

    The hardship is briefly forgotten in Bob Hope Entertaining Troops Somewhere in England, painted by Floyd Davis in 1943. It shows the comedian in a metal helmet and a trench coat performing for laughing soldiers. Col Peter Crean, deputy director of the Army Centre of Military History, said depicting war through painting gave it an extra level. "War is a totally emotional experience and the medium of painting brings that out in a way other mediums cannot" he said. Master Sgt Martin Cervantez, a combat artist said "The public needs to see this because it's from the soldier's perspective."

    Art of the American Soldier opens in September at the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia.
     

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    Very interesting and nice to see they are finally going to be on display.:thumbright: :cool:
     
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    Agree with Aaron. Good to see them going on display and very interesting to see them.
     
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    That was probably my favorite of all the ones shown in the CNN report that Sys posted. Good to see they're starting to be displayed!
     
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