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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Philip Evergood

Philip Evergood, Leave It to the Experts, 1942

Philip Evergood (American, 1901-1973)
Leave it to the Experts 1942
Oil on canvas on plywood
Gift of C. Leonard Pfeiffer
1945.007.005

Using a combination of realism and fantasy, Philip Evergood regularly explored social justice themes in his work—the atrocities of World War II especially plagued him. In Leave it to the Experts, a wounded child holding a gas mask is surrounded by “enlightened” people who are unaware of his presence. These men did not prevent the war and are of no help to the boy. He seems to know this and turns his attention to the viewer, his only hope for survival.