Art: Private Patrons

"It is true that no Jap is going to be killed by an artist's brush. . . ." So cracked Art Digest's Peyton Boswell at Congress' refusal to appropriate $125,000 for war orders: contracts with 19 artists to record the gory glory of World War II (TIME, July 19). But the country need not worry. U.S. artists will not be denied the best subjects in the history of man-made destruction.

When the Army canceled the contracts ($3,800 a year, plus 25% for overseas service), a half dozen magazines saw an opportunity. Collier's signed up...