Archive for the 'Art' Category

May 5

This is Ann

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 1:00 PM


There is no doubt that we have some very unusual and unique items in our 150,000 item collection. Some are on display in our Rare Book Room, but others like this little book are tucked away safely on shelves waiting to be found. This particular item was found on a completely unrelated search last week.  We had a question regarding whether or not a particular anchor could have come from a “Mosquito Boat” from the World War II era. After exhausting our anchor resources, including line drawings of anchors we decided to try searching for mosquito boats in our catalog…. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 12

“Misappropriated” Navy Art

Monday, April 12, 2010 1:00 AM


This is a topic that really gets me on my soapbox and I’m not too likely to pull any punches when talking about some of the experiences we’ve had with chasing down “misappropriated” art and irresponsible borrowers. We might wish to call it “stolen” art, but we must make allowances for the possibility of a misunderstanding having occurred. “Windward Hill,” by Albert Murray, Oil on canvas, 1943, 88-195-AO The Internet and online auctions are useful things for museums looking for misappropriated art. This painting of camouflaged anti-aircraft batteries at Guantanamo Bay was the first missing painting I found on eBay… Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 5

Navy Poster Art

Monday, April 5, 2010 1:00 AM


The Navy Art Collection is fortunate to have a small collection of original recruiting poster artwork. Nowadays recruiting materials usually have photographic images, but in earlier eras, some well known artists did their “bit for the war effort” by creating fabulous art promoting recruiting and home front production. Don’t Read American History, Make It!, by James Montgomery Flagg, oil on canvas, 46-399-A. This well-known World War I poster image is by James Montgomery Flagg, the artist of the “I Want You” army poster. Two Naval Officers Shooting the Sun, by McClelland Barclay, oil on canvas, 1941, 48-31-D. This World War… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 28

Abstract Navy Art

Sunday, March 28, 2010 12:01 AM


Someone once asked me why there weren’t more abstract paintings in the Navy Art Collection. We have some abstract paintings in the collection, but 99.99% of the collection is realistic, or representative art. It’s not that the Navy doesn’t like or doesn’t understand abstract painting. I believe the dearth is related to the internal process of abstract painting and how it contrasts with the Navy Art Collection’s mission. Abstract painting is internally driven by the emotions, impressions, visions, etc., of the artist. In its strictest form, it has no representational (realistic) elements. In contrast, the Navy Art Collection collects, documents,… Read the rest of this entry »

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