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November 12, 2005

George Bush, Art Lover (Veterans Day Weekend Edition)

Having already revisited this old post, I thought I'd go ahead and front the following images by Tom Lea, the President's most favoritest artist ever (besides Jesus, of course).

From Lea's WWII combat illustrations:

Tom Lea: The Price
The Price
Lying in terror looking longingly up the slope to better cover, I saw a wounded man near me, staggering in the direction of the LVTs. His face was half bloody pulp and the mangled shreds of what was left of an arm hung down like a stick, as he bent over in the stumbling, shock-crazy walk. The half of his face that was still human had the most terrifying look of abject patiences I have ever seen. He fell behind me, in a red puddle on the white sand.
Tom Lea: Sundown at Peleliu
Sundown at Peleliu: Sick Bay in a Shellhole. The Padre Read, 'I am the resurrection and the Light'
The padre stood by with two canteens and a Bible, helping. He was deeply moved by the patient suffering and death. He looked very lonely, very close to God, as he bent over the shattered men so far from home. Corpsmen put a poncho, a shirt, a rag, anything handy, over the grey faces of the dead and carried them to a line on the beach to await the digging of graves.
Tom Lea: 2000 Yard Stare
2000 Yard Stare: Down from Bloody Ridge Too Late. He's Finished—Washed Up—Gone
As we passed sick bay, still in the shell hole, it was crowded with wounded, and somehow hushed in the evening light. I noticed a tattered Marine standing quietly by a corpsman, staring stiffly at nothing. His mind had crumbled in battle, his jaw hung, and his eyes were like two black empty holes in his head. Down by the beach again, we walked silently as we passed the long line of dead Marines under the tarpaulins.

Update 11/14: Added Lea's image inscriptions as found here.

"George Bush, Art Lover (Veterans Day Weekend Edition)"
Posted by Dan at 05:04 PM

Comments

but, but, will we remember what held Texas together?

"The half of his face that was still human had the most terrifying look of abject patiences I have ever seen. He fell behind me, in a red puddle on the white sand." Tom Lea

- you have to admit though, that red arm is pretty amazing.

Posted by: benvolta on November 12, 2005 at 09:25 PM

> you have to admit though, that red arm is pretty amazing.

Oh, it's something else alright. Kind of just pouring out of his face. It's like something out of Dead Alive.

Posted by: Dan on November 13, 2005 at 10:08 AM

Has anyone seen the "They Drew Fire" documentary this image links to? I am not pro war at all. But the shit that picture depicts is serious.

It's easy to make fun of Bush, but right now that stuff is happening everyday to soldiers, and civilians over there. Those are the people truly paying for Bush and the administration's mistakes/agenda.

I clicked on the image, it's called "The Price" which in the WWII context refers to the price of freedom, and of winning the war against fascism. But right now, it refers to the price average people are paying for a bunch of rich aristocrats.

Posted by: Erik W. on November 14, 2005 at 11:58 AM

I've just added the image inscriptions (as quoted above by Ben), which I believe all come from Lea's book, Peleliu Landing.

And, yes, all fun-making and monster movie references aside, this stuff is dead serious.

Someone really ought to clue the fellas in charge in to what's really at stake. The true price just keeps on climbing.

Posted by: Dan on November 14, 2005 at 01:25 PM



Referenced in this post:


Adair Margo Gallery—Tom Lea Estate
Harry Ransom Center: The Tom Lea Collection
Iconoduel: All-Time National Medal of Arts Awardees
Iconoduel: George Bush, Art Lover
National Parks Service: Peleliu Report—Tom Lea: 2000 Yard Stare
National Parks Service: Peleliu Report—Tom Lea: Sundown at Peleliu
Peleliu Island Sept 15 1944—Peleliu Art by Tom Lea
They Drew Fire—Tom Lea: The Price