Kerr Eby: Camofleur, Combat Artist, and Pacifist
May 17 through July 13, 2014
Eby (1890–1946) was an illustrator known for his combat imagery of the First and Second World Wars. In World War I he drove ambulances and camouflaged artillery, all the while recording scenes of death and destruction that he produced in etchings and lithographs issued in the 1920s and 1930s with anti-war essays. Too old to reenlist in 1941, he returned to the battlefield as a commercial combat artist in the Pacific and contracted a tropical disease, which took his life in 1946.
Kerr Eby (American, 1889–1946), September 13, 1918, St. Mihiel, etching and aquatint on paper, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr. in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Sr., 1992.2.1