Tom Lea’s America
Donate to the Bullock Texas State History Museum and the National Museum of the Pacific War exhibits.
Tom Lea (1907–2001) was a quintessential chronicler of the 20th century. These exhibits of paintings, illustrations, and writings will celebrate and highlight Lea’s artistry for a 21st century audience. Through his work, visitors encounter an America involved in international politics; a frontier hauntingly beautiful; and a people tied to their land, country, and culture. By the end of his life Lea had seen a career that spanned most of the 20th century. His work appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Life magazine, Hollywood movies and the White House.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Thursday, October 15 2015
Paintings and illustrations will be on loan from private collections and museums throughout the country. In addition, interpretative text and media experiences such as an autobiographic oral history recorded in 1993, a web presence featuring the Tom Lea Trail and historic sites around the State, and educational and theater programming will be designed to provide insight into the historical context with which his work is inextricably intertwined.
Lonely Town, 1937
Oil on canvas, 24 x 34
Collection of Dr. James D. Lea, Houston © James D. Lea
National Museum of the Pacific War
Friday, October 16 2015
The Museum will showcase at least 26 of Lea’s paintings and works on paper. This is the first major retrospective ever curated of Tom Lea’s body of work from WWII, including his iconic painting “The Marines Call It That 2000 Yard Stare” which many consider the most famous painting of the war.
That 2,000 Yard Stare, 1944
Oil on canvas, 36 x 28
Life Collection of Art WWII, US Army Center of Military History, Ft. Belvoir, VA