World War I and American Art

by Matthew Innis |


World War I and American Art is the first major exhibition to examine the ways in which American artists reacted to the First World War. Images made during the war reveal American artists in transition, using more experimental forms to capture the apocalyptic tenor of the conflict, but also drawing on a straightforward realist manner to make the human experience accessible to their audience. George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keeffe, and John Singer Sargent are among the more than fifty artists whose response to the Great War is explored.

This exhibition was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

oakley-henry-howard-houston-1924_10A Street in Arras (Art.IWM ART 1607) Image: Scottish infantrymen resting against the exterior wall of a shell-damaged building. The composition is divided between the view into the coach house, and the scene in the street. The hole blasted into the wall shows the remains of a carriage lying amongst the rubble from the roof. Outside soldiers dressed in kilts sit leaning against the exterior, one figure standing. They are resting, thei... Copyright: © IWM. Original Source: beal-on-the-hudson-at-newburgh-philips-collection_0

Where: Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville (TN)

When: October 6, 2017 – January 21, 2018

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