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Home | Exhibitions | Past Exhibitions | 2001 | The Art of World War II (September 15, 2001 - January 27, 2002)

The Art of World War II: Works from Missouri Collections

Portrait Study of a Helmeted Man
Keith Crown
(American, b. 1918)
Portrait Study of a Helmeted Man
1943
Black conte crayon
Lent by the artist

This exhibition paid tribute to the painters, printmakers, and designers who created works that supported the Allied cause. Images and objects by local, regional, national, and international artists were selected from Missouri collections. Some of the paintings and posters functioned as propaganda, while other artworks recorded sights seen by artists in combat. Still other images and artifacts reflected aspects of domestic life during the period. Exhibited together, these works helped twenty-first century viewers understand the thoughts, feelings, and life experiences of soldiers and civilians during this historically important era.

The exhibition included works from the permanent collection together with loans from The Winston Churchill Memorial and Library, Westminster College, Fulton, Mo.; The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art, Central Methodist College, Fayette, Mo.; The State Historical Society of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.; and local collectors. Loans from the Fashion/Costume Research Library, Stephens College, Columbia, Mo. and the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection, University of Missouri, supported the fashion component of the exhibition.

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