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The Art of JAMA
January 13, 2015

Fogbound Shores, AntarcticaLeland Curtis

JAMA. 2015;313(2):118-119. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.11513

Despite polar cold and the prospect of whiteouts or gale force winds, landscape painter Leland Curtis (1897-1989) could not resist the allure of Antarctica, and in 1939 he became an artist for the United States Antarctic Service Expedition under the command of Rear Admiral Richard Byrd. Curtis’ paintings of the continent conveyed the stark beauty of this stunning and fearsome land with a sense of intensity. Selections of his work were published in a 1940 Life article featuring Byrd’s exploration of the region. Expedition mandates included mapping a section of the continent’s seacoast, and paintings by Curtis augmented this effort with a more pictorial description. (Expedition to the Antarctic: under Admiral Byrd, it finds 900 miles of new coastline. Life. July 8, 1940:27-33.)

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