Artwork of the Week: July 7, 2019
Sydney H. Reisenberg, Over the Top for Youâ€”Buy U.S. Gov’t Bonds, Third Liberty Loan, 1918, poster, 30 1/16 x 20 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art.
An â€œover-the-topâ€ achievement came out of the horrifically challenging conditions of World War Iâ€™s trench warfare. This weary-eyed solder surges â€œover the topâ€ into great vulnerability, and likely, into his own mortality at the end of the Great War. He martials an animated, roiling American Flag to inspire onlookers, be they friend or foe. You can almost read the vowels his mouth is forming: â€œOnward!â€ â€œOpen fire!â€ With serene urgency, he implores Americans to invest in their soldiers and to rise up to the demands of their nationâ€™s future.