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September 13, 1918, St. Mihiel
Date: 1934
Dimensions: image: 10 7/16 x 15 15/16 in. (26.5 x 40.5 cm) sheet: 13 7/16 x 15 13/16 in. (34.1 x 40.2 cm) mat: 18 x 24 in. (45.7 x 61 cm)
Medium: etching
Credit Line: Director's Fund Purchase
Label Text: "Eby was present at the battle of Saint-Mihiel. He served in the United States Army during World War I on an ambulance crew and as a camouflager. His gigantic black cloud—made possible by the fine, granular quality of the aquatint—is the perfect symbol for the heavy weight of war bearing down on troops slogging across a war-torn terrain. It is also a historic weather fact. This American counteroffensive was waged over four days of ceaseless rain. Both sides lost heavily but by September 13, German forces were in retreat. History books declare this episode an American success but Eby would always question its value. He remained an anti-war activist all his life and published a book of his imagery on the subject in 1936 called War (written by Nancy Sojka for Passion on Paper: Masterly Prints from the KIA Collection, 2018)."
Object Number: 1964/5.831
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