World War I Combat Artists – Ernest Peixotto | The Unwritten Record

Guest blogger Jan Hodges became interested in World War I combat art as a result of her involvement as a volunteer in a holdings maintenance project for the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) documents at the National Archives at College Park. This article is part seven of the series about World War I Art and Artists

Captain Ernest Peixotto reported for duty as a combat artist in April 1918 at Neufchateau. A short, slightly built man, Peixotto was forty-nine years old, well past the prime age for a combat soldier.  After meeting up with fellow artists Wallace Morgan and André Smith, the three men traveled to Fontainebleau and then to a small suburb of Paris called Samois-sur-Seine.

Samois-sur-Seine was not unknown to Peixotto; he and his wife Mary had a “studio home” there that they visited often. Mary had been living in New York City when Ernest left on a troopship bound for France.  By June, she had found the means to return to France and worked at a hospital close to…

Source: World War I Combat Artists – Ernest Peixotto | The Unwritten Record


3 thoughts on “World War I Combat Artists – Ernest Peixotto | The Unwritten Record

  1. Very detailed sketches, giving some idea of the total destruction of some of these towns and villages.
    The practice of giving officer rank to war artists was controversial in most armies. It was explained as giving them more freedom to go about their work, without interference from junior ranks. However, I can understand that career officers and combat soldiers might well resent this.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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