"Sailor with Eagle and Dove, Life Magazine Cover"   Lot no. 3775

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By Orson Byron Lowell (1871-1956)

1914 (Estimated)
25.25" x 20.25"
Oil on Canvas
Signed Lower Right

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Cover for Life Magazine, January 1, 1914

Caption: "Which Bird?"

It’s 1914 and the world is at war, the war to end all wars. The exception is the USA. Most of the country is in an isolationist mode and wants no part of this European war. The world's air forces are not yet as important as they will become in the future, but the navy is. The painting depicts a US sailor trying to make his decision in front of onlooking warriors from the involved nations. In one hand is the war favoring bald eagle; in the other the peace loving anti war dove. Fortunately for those of us who have followed the president, Wilson led us to the right decision and gen. Pershing brought our troops to France and proclaimed ”Lafayette we are here”.

 

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