Exhibitions: Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913–1919

Djuna Barnes: The Doughboy

While the majority of Barnes's illustrations adopt the sleek graphic style of Art Nouveau, The Doughboy, commissioned for the October 1914 cover of Trend magazine, shows her expressive range and grim identification with the lone figure set against the horrors of the trenches. War had been declared just months earlier, but the searching eyes, hazy background, and unexpected nudity of the soldier emphasize his everyman status and foreshadow the impending carnage of World War I.