Combat on Canvas
Art and artifacts from the Marine front lines, now on display in Washington.
- By Rebecca Maksel
- AirSpaceMag.com, January 24, 2012
“Go to war, do art.” Five words. That’s what the U.S. Marine Corps has been telling its combat artists since World War II, says Lin Ezell, director of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia. “We don’t tell them what to paint,” she continues, “what to create, or how to do it. We just give them the tools and the uniform, and the ability to care for themselves on the field of battle.”
Ezell was at the National Air and Space Museum to help kick off a year-long exhibition titled “Fly Marines!,” which celebrates the centennial of Marine Corps aviation.
The Marine Corps museum has some 8,000 works of combat art representing 350 artists. Ninety-one artworks and artifacts taken from both the National Museum of the Marine Corps and the National Air and Space Museum will be on display at NASM until January 6, 2013. See the gallery above for selections from the exhibition.