Between September 1940 and May 1941, Germany executed a military campaign against the United Kingdom. The Luftwaffe’s strategic bombing of British cities — the Blitz — saw London assaulted from the air more than 70 times. Stationed in London with the U.S. Women’s Army Corps, Janet Lippincott lived through the bombing campaigns that devastated the city, suffering a broken back after falling several floors through a bombed-out building during one attack. Lippincott, an artist who lived and worked in Santa Fe from 1957 until her death in 2007, had debilitating pain from the injury later in life.
After the war, she drove from her home state of New York to settle in Taos in 1949. The GI Bill offered World War II veterans unemployment compensation, funding for college, vocational training, and other benefits. In Taos, she used GI Bill money to attend Emil Bisttram’s Taos School of Art, which was linked to a wave of artists coming to New Mexico (many of them under the GI Bill) and was vital to the rise of modernism here.
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