U.S. Army Readies to Buy Trove of World War I Artworks

  • October 22, 2014 12:39

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Rendering of the National Museum of the United States Army, set to be built at Fort Belvoir, Va.
(Courtesy of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Eisterh)

Most works made by artists commissioned in the Army's Corps of Engineers went to the Smithsonian Institution after the war. Woolf's work has not been on the auction market since 1992, the Army claims, and rarely do Western Front images by WWI battle-embedded artists ever come on the market.

The Army wants these “one of a kind historic documents” since they represent “the only known collection of this kind available at this time.” Currently, the Army has 16,000 artworks in storage in Fort Belvoir, Va. A National Museum of the United States Army is planned.

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