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Robert Diez

Title
Keep Us Flying!
Artist
Betsy Graves Reyneau, 1888 - 1964
Printer
U.S. Government Printing Office
Sitter
Robert Diez, 1919 - 7 Apr 1992
Date
1943
Type
Print
Medium
Halftone poster
Dimensions
Image: 68.3cm x 48.3 cm (26 7/8" x 19")
Sheet: 71cm x 50.8 cm (27 15/16" x 20")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.89.167
Culture
Robert Diez: American\African American
Exhibition Label
Born Multnomah, Oregon
Robert Diez was one of the renowned Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African American fighter pilots to serve in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II. He served with distinction in the war, shooting down two enemy planes in Italy.
Betsy Graves Reyneau was in Tuskegee, Alabama, to paint George Washington Carver and to create an image for a poster. Diez had studied art and asked Reyneau if he could watch her work. After she consulted with his commanding officer, Reyneau chose Diez as the subject for the poster, representing all of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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