World War II in American Art presents a portrayal of World War II and its aftermath as expressed by artists such as Benton Spruance, Raphael Soyer, William Sharp, and Charles Quest. The artists often based their paintings on personal experiences in battle or on the homefront, striving to capture the intensity and emotion of the war and its aftereffects. Arranged by subject matter, the book includes paintings of acts of war, the wounded, the survivors, the prisoners, the ruins, the dead, the workers, the homefront, religion, recreation, and victory. Included with the narrative are 104 photographs, a 16 page color insert, and a foreword by Edward Reep, a war artist-correspondent who was the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work.
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Robert Henkes is an accomplished artist and writer. His paintings are exhibited in numerous galleries. He has collected original prints and amassed hundreds of letters from many of the artists whose paintings appear in this book. Retired from teaching preschool, elementary, secondary, college and senior citizens for thirty years, Henkes lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is also the author of The Art of Black American Women (1993, $45), Themes in American Painting (1993, $45), Native American Painters of the Twentieth Century (1995, $45), Portraits of Famous American Women (1997, $38.50) and Latin American Women Artists of the United States (1999, $40).From Booklist:
The cover art for this collection, Tom Lea's That Two Thousand Yard Stare, forewarns readers that none of World War II's commemorative or uplifting art, such as the iconic We Can Do It poster, awaits within. Henkes instead gravitates toward works that express the destruction of life, property, and spirit by the war. Within that ambit, he categorizes his 100-plus selections into conventional slots such as combat scenes and home-front scenes, but the range of artistic styles breaks the mold. There are woodcuts whose gashing, angular outlines induce sinister effects, and there are George Grosz drawings done in his characteristic technique of satirical grotesquerie. There are also paintings heavy with Christian symbolism, showing the search of some artists for a meaning to, or consolation for, death and despair. Two of the more interesting artists included are William Johnson, who depicted black American soldiers in a flat, geometric style, and Edward Reep, who painted war views of Italy that blend realism with ethereality, as in Bombing the Abbey. A disquieting gallery. Gilbert Taylor
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