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The Silent Service

The Artists

Thomas Hart Benton

Born in Neosho, Missouri, in 1889, Benton began his art education at sixteen at the Art Institute of Chicago, and at the age of nineteen studied in the Latin Quarter in Paris. Returning to America to become a "child controversy," Benton enjoyed one of the most dramatic and interesting careers in American art.

Deeply moved by the attack on Pearl Harbor, he shortly afterwards completed The Year of Peril, a series of grim and powerful war paintings financed by Abbott Laboratories. In 1943, he collaborated with Georges Schreiber in producing the Abbott Collection of Submarine Paintings, a project largely executed aboard the American submarine Dorado, that was later lost in action with all hands.

His awards included the Jennie Sesnan Medal of the New York Architectural League, and Wanamaker's Purchase Prize. Benton is represented in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Sheldon Swope Art Gallery, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, City Art Museum of St. Louis, Museum of Modern Art, California Palace of the Legion of Honor, and others. His murals are in the Missouri State Capitol, Indiana University, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the New School for Social Research.

 

Georges Schreiber

Born in Brussels in 1904, Georges Schreiber drew and painted from childhood and studied art formally in Berlin, London, Rome, Paris and Florence. He came to the United States in 1928. So grateful for the opportunities offered in this country that he toured America recording in 48 paintings his impression of each state.

In 1942 he created the War Bond poster, Keep Him Flying, presented by Abbot Laboratories to the Treasury Department and adopted for official use throughout the country. In 1942, again on commission from Abbott, he produced Back the Attack, which became the official poster for the third War Loan. From his work in collaboration with Thomas Hart Benton in producing the Abbott Collection of Submarine Paintings, came his third great contribution to America -- the official poster design for the Fifth War Loan.

Schreiber won the Tuthill Prize, International Water Color Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, 1932. His paintings have often appeared in Fortune Magazine and have been invited for exhibtion at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Santa Barbara Museum, Denver Art Museum and others. Represented in the permant collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Sheldon Swoop Art Gallery and almost every important private collection.

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7 January 2000