A Street Behind the Front

A Street Behind the Front

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Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
drawing
date made
1918-04
associated date
1917 - 1918
associated person
War Department
Smith, J. Andre
maker
Smith, J. Andre
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 cm
drawing without frame: 14 in x 18 15/16 in; 35.56 cm x 48.10125 cm
ID Number
AF.25904
catalog number
25904
accession number
64592
Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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