NPR

Even In 'The War To End All Wars,' There Was Art Coming From The Trenches

An exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum features art and artifacts from World War I. It includes paintings by combat artists and images of carvings found on the walls of underground quarries.
Harvey Dunn's 1918 oil painting The Sentry shows a soldier coming up from the trenches. "You see in his eyes what would later become known as the thousand-yard stare," says exhibit curator Peter Jakab. Source: Hugh Talman

One hundred ago, the U.S. entered the first global war — an ugly, dirty, agonizing conflict that cost millions of lives and changed the world. Now, the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., is observing the centennial with art and artifacts in an exhibition called Artist Soldiers.

The Americans didn't arrive until three years into the war and fought for less than a year. They joined French, Russian, British, and other troops

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR3 min readPolitics
Latinx Voters In Texas Set To Play Key Role In 2020 Election
The Latinx vote is still up for grabs by both parties in Texas. A new report from the University of Houston’s Center for Mexican American Studies shows the decisive role this voting bloc could play in the 2020 presidential election. Latinx — a gender
NPR4 min read
Bill Bryson's Latest Is A Different Kind Of Journey — Into 'The Body'
Bryson is beloved for his travel writing, but in his new book he's undertaking an interior journey, looking at everything from medical oddities to the amazing way your body fights off most cancers.
NPR2 min readPolitics
Biden Takes On Trump With A Sweeping Ethics Plan, Amid Push Back Over Ukraine
Joe Biden is taking aim at President Trump over ethics, as the president continues attacks on the candidate and his son. Hunter Biden is now pledging to curtail his overseas business dealings.