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Robert N. Blair (1912-2002), Berlin Ruin - Downtown section with Women Stacking Rubble, Berlin, 1945; watercolor on paper, Overall: 27 x 40 in. (68.6 x 101.6 cm); Gift of the Artist, 1985

Robert N. Blair (1912-2002), Berlin Ruin - Downtown section with Women Stacking Rubble, Berlin, 1945; watercolor on paper, Overall: 27 x 40 in. (68.6 x 101.6 cm); Gift of the Artist, 1985

Robert Blair: Selections from A Soldiers Portfolio

Presented in part by Carol E. Heckman

On View Friday, April 10–Sunday, September 27, 2015

R. William Doolittle Gallery   

Robert Blair was not one of the more than 100 artists that served under the position of Combat Artist in World War II, but still he managed to create hundreds of paintings in the field of combat. This need and desire to make paintings while being a soldier in such storied engagements as the Battle of the Bulge, speaks to his commitment to his art and his intimate understanding of what he was painting.  A collection of almost 200 paintings from this series are in the collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center; this exhibition is a selection of those paintings in honor of the 70th anniversary of the end of the European conflict in 1945.