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Tom Lea and World War II

Tom Lea, Study for Detail for Fantasma de Guerra, 1942, pencil and watercolor on paper, EPMA. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Chapman and Family Purchase.

Tom Lea and World War II
August 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Dede Rogers Gallery

From 1941 to 1946, El Paso-native Tom Lea served as a World War II eyewitness artist correspondent for Life magazine, becoming the only painter on the frontlines to depict the carnage of the war. This exhibition features nearly thirty oil paintings, watercolor illustrations, and original preparatory drawings from the renowned World War II art collection at the U.S. Army Center of Military History at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, as well as key pieces from EPMA’s significant collection of works by Lea. Tom Lea and World War II is accompanied by a fully-illustrated hardcover catalogue published by El Paso’s Tom Lea Institute.

Support for this exhibition is provided by the de Wetter Charitable Family Fund and Travis and Annabelle Johnson.

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