A Street Behind the Front


Pen and watercolor drawing on paper. This detailed sketch of a street scene is unusually polished for J. Andre Smith's wartime art, using pen hatching to create textures and watercolor chiaroscuro to create depth. This work depicts American soldiers in a war-torn village behind the Western Front of World War I. The soldiers appear to be assisting with securing the shell-torn structures of the village. Light blue poles are installed along the facade of the the home in the background, preventing its collapse.

Date Made: 1918-04Associated Date: 1917 - 1918

Associated Person: War DepartmentSmith, J. AndreMaker: Smith, J. Andre

Location: Currently not on view

Related Event: World War I


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Credit Line: War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AF.25904Catalog Number: 25904Accession Number: 64592

Object Name: drawing

Physical Description: watercolor (overall production method/technique)ink (overall production method/technique)paper (overall material)Measurements: drawing with frame: 17 13/16 in x 21 15/16 in; 45.24375 cm x 55.72125 cmdrawing without frame: 14 in x 18 15/16 in; 35.56 cm x 48.10125 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a2-7655-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_445449

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