World War II Artists' Programs--Case Study

Ed Reep: Pack Train


Why Send Artists into Combat?

It is the intimate, personal, penetratingly perceptive touch, indeed, that is equipped to furnish a chapter that would have been missing were the camera exclusively relied upon.

--New York Times review of combat art show, 1943


During World War II more than 100 U.S. servicemen and civilians served as 'combat artists'. They depicted the war as they experienced it with their paintbrushes and pens.