Word by the Way

Kerr Eby Canadian, born Japan

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In this print, Eby portrays soldiers in a noncombat situation, conversing outside a dugout, a tangle of barbed wire visible behind them. As an American army sergeant in the war, the artist was able to observe the daily life of soldiers, both in combat and at rest. He made sketches constantly, capturing preparations for major offensives as well as quotidian moments such as this. He later translated the drawings into prints—first in 1919, when he returned from the war, and then again in the late 1920s and early 1930s, as a reflection on his experiences and a warning about the human and environmental costs of military conflict.

Word by the Way, Kerr Eby (Canadian (born Japan), Tokyo 1889–1946 Norwalk, Connecticut), Etching

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