Drafted into the Army during World War II, Philip Pearlstein began recording the daily life of a G.I. in sketches he would send to his parents back home. While sailing in a convoy bound for Italy in 1944, he drew the ship’s sleeping quarters. Observing his fellow soldiers from the perspective of his own bunk, he made palpable the pervasive boredom of the fifteen-day crossing.
Philip Pearlstein (American, born 1924), Convoy to Italy IV, 1944. Pen and ink on paper, 4 11/16 x 6 3/16 inches (11.91 x 15.66 cm). Gift of Jane & David Walentas and Bruce Weber and Nan Bush, 2016.87. © Philip Pearlstein / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York