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Army’s 16,000 piece ‘superb’ art collection waiting for a museum home

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A color print of ‘Let’s give him enough and on time,’ by Norman Rockwell, created in 1942.
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The Army’s extensive collection of art and historical treasures will remain behind closed doors for another four years, as the future  National Museum of the United States Army awaits its long-delayed opening.

The museum, which will feature 16,000 pieces of art, has been in the works for a decade, but it is still years away from opening because of lagging fundraising, according toThe Washington Post.

The collection is “superb,” according to The Post, which reported:

It has four original works by [Norman] Rockwell, and several by the noted World War II illustrator Tom Lea — including his famous portrait of a stunned, battle-fatigued Marine, entitled “Marines Call It That 2,000-Yard Stare.”

There’s art by Floyd MacMillan Davis, the magazine and advertising illustrator, and by Edward Reep, who, on the ground, painted the World War II bombing of Italy’s Monte Cassino while it was still underway.

“The earth trembled (and so did my hand),” Reep said later.

There’s a series of elegant 1840s paintings from the Mexican War by James Walker, portraits of Civil War Gen. Philip Sheridan and President Abraham Lincoln, and stark, impressionist works from the Vietnam War.

The museum has nearly half the funds it needs to open — $76 million of $175 million, according retired brigadier Gen. Creighton W. Abrams Jr., director of the Army Historical Foundation. The project, to be located at Fort Belvoir near Mount Vernon, has suffered from the “ups and downs of fundraising,” according to The Post.

The collection will feature works from the World War II and Vietnam War eras, as well as from wars waged in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Read the entire Washington Post report here.

H/T: Stars and Stripes

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