A Street Behind the Front

A Street Behind the Front

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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.
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Object Name
date made
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1917 - 1918
associated person
War Department
Smith, J. Andre
Smith, J. Andre
Physical Description
watercolor (overall production method/technique)
ink (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
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
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accession number
Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
World War I
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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