Douglas and Marion Volk Letters, 1919 August

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Many American artists traveled to Paris, France, to further their careers. Several of the American portraitists, realists, impressionists, and abstract artists that studied, lived, and worked in Paris, France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries wrote letters home to family and friends describing their lives there. One of these artists was Douglas Volk, and here you will find letters dating from his trip to Europe in 1919 to paint World War I leaders, as commissioned by the National Art Committee. He painted portraits of King Albert of Belgium, British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, and General John J. Pershing.

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