Based on 1945 drawing in situ
Our exhibition begins with an example of John DePol's work in etching, an "avocational pursuit" that engaged him for approximately a decade before he produced his first wood engraving in 1947. DePol recently had returned from war-time duty as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps, in England, France, Germany, and Northern Ireland. While overseas he made a drawing of the monastery of Parey-sous-Montfort, near the town of Vittel in the Vosges Mountains of Eastern France, where his unit was stationed for a few months. The monastery served also as a school, and DePol described his experience there in the third paragraph of his 1985 typed manuscript displayed herewith. The image was drawn and etched on the plate at his mother's apartment on 12th Street in the Village, and then printed at the Art Students League, where DePol had studied printmaking since 1938.