U.S. Army Readies Art for New Museum

  • January 16, 2014 22:36

  • Email
Ogden Pleissner, Chow Line, 1943
National Museum of the United States Army

An arsenal of 16,000 artworks--powerful images by the likes of Norman Rockwell, Ogden Pleissner and George Biddle--is waiting in a conservation facility for a new museum to open.

The collection encompasses first-hand, moving testimonials in art from the Mexican War in the 1840 through the present conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since World War I, army-commissioned artwork, and artifacts, have been amassed with several hundred works sent to the Smithsonian. The remainder is in storage while the future National Museum of the United States Army is underway.


Creighton W. Abrams Jr., a retired brigadier general, who haa spearheaded fundraising through the Army Historical Foundation, says that $76 million has been raised of the $175 million needed for the museum's construction. The target date for opening is 2018 and the location will be the Washington suburb of Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

The extensive collections include four works by Rockwell, including a painting of a heroic machine gunner designed as a war poster titled “Let’s Give Him Enough and On Time,” promoting the need for war materiel.

Biddle was a Philadelphia artist who headed the War Art Advisory Committee during World War II. He told artists that "any subject is in order...Battle scenes and the front line . . . the dying and the dead; prisoners of war . . . wrecked habitations . . . the nobility . . . cruelty, boredom of war. . . . You may be guided by Blake’s mysticism, by Goya’s cynicism. . . . Delacroix’s romanticism. . .”


Read more at Washington Post

Tags: American art

  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

Cole Sternberg, (detail of work) FREESTATE installation view at ESMoA.

Artist Cole Sternberg Conjures Up The Free Republic of California

  • ArtfixDaily / November 23rd, 2020

For ESMoA’s Experience #47 FREESTATE, an art experience in Southern California, artist Cole Sternberg created an ...

Artist unidentified; initialed “J.F.R.” | Cleveland-Hendricks Crazy Quilt, 1885-1890.  Lithographed silk ribbons, silk, and wool with cotton fringe and silk and metallic embroidery, 75 x 77 in.  American Folk Art Museum.  Image Credit: American Folk Art Museum / Art Resource, NY

'Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change' Opens at Toledo Museum of Art

  • ArtfixDaily / November 23rd, 2020

American quilts have long been connected with notions of tradition, with patterns and techniques passed down for ...

Thomas Worth (American, 1834–1917), A Brush for the Lead.  New York Flyers on the Snow (detail), 1867, lithograph, Gift of Conagra Brands, 2016.20.488.  On view in Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives, November 21, 2020–April 11, 2021.

Traveling Exhibition 'Revisiting America: The Prints of Currier & Ives' Debuts at Joslyn Art Museum; 100 Highlights Illustrate New Book

  • ArtfixDaily / November 20th, 2020

In 2016, ConAgra Foods, Inc. (now Conagra Brands) donated nearly 600 Currier & Ives lithographs to Joslyn Art ...

The Legion of Honor in San Francisco reopened to visitors in the fall with timed tickets purchased in advance online.  The Rodin Gallery is shown.  Image Courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

One-Third of US Museums Are At Risk Of Permanent Closure, Survey Finds

  • ArtfixDaily / November 20th, 2020

Museum advocates have written over 55,000 letters to elected officials for aid Several months into the pandemic, ...


Related Press Releases

Schwenke Auctioneers - Shagbark Farm Collection - Dec 6

ARTFIXdaily Artwire