The battalion artist : a Navy Seabee's sketchbook of war in the South Pacific, 1943-1945
- written by Janice Blake ; edited by Nancy Bellantoni ; illustrated by Nat Bellantoni ; foreword by Jean M. Cannon ; note from the director by Eric Wakin.
- Stanford, California : Hoover Institution Press, 2019.
- Physical description
- xxv, 123 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 25 x 29 cm.
- Hoover Institution Press publication ; 696.
- Underway : aboard the MS Day Star
- Nouméa, New Caledonia
- Milne Bay, New Guinea
- Admiralty Island
- New Caledonia, second tour
- Underway : aboard the USS J. Franklin Bell
- Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands of Japan
- Finally, it was over.
The Battalion Artist explores the three years, three months, and three days of Nat Bellantoni's life on the Pacific front in World War II. He had known since childhood that he wanted to be-that he in fact was-an artist. When he packed his seabag and took leave of his family and his sweetheart to go to war, he knew that the best way to manage the narrative of his life and to cope with the ups and downs of his feelings was to create images-visual records that spoke of what he felt, as well as what he saw. In this stunning book filled with authentic World War II images-many in full color-we see and feel the intensity of wartime life through the eyes of a talented young artist who was also a US Navy Seabee. Natale Bellantoni, a young art student from Boston, sailed across the Pacific in 1943-45 and returned home with a sea chest of art and photographs documenting his experiences in New Caledonia, New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, and Okinawa. His subject matter was his daily life: endless weeks at sea, harbors and ships, men at work, airstrips, the local countryside, and the view of enemy planes overhead at night from his fox hole. Now collected in a lavishly illustrated volume, his watercolors, sketches, and photographs offer a window onto one of the most significant moments in American history. The Battalion Artist explores the World War II experiences of Nat Bellantoni, but it reflects the story of an entire generation.
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- Publication date
- Hoover Institution press publication ; no. 696
- 9780817922245 (cloth)
- 9780817922283 (pdf)
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