Surreal violence: Dom Marker’s “Untitled 30” (detail). Sunflower Network
In 1945, Life magazine reproduced a painting by the artist, war correspondent, and novelist Thomas C. Lea III that depicted a haggard and unnamed U.S. Marine. Titled Marines Call It That 2,000 Yard Stare in the feature, the image of an exhausted combatant’s large, sunken, far-focused eyes captured the numbing effect that the death, destruction, chaos, and violence of war have on warriors and civilians alike.
Over the decades the distance has been halved, but the phrase “thousand-yard stare” still speaks to the damage done to the human psyche — even
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