Coinciding with the centenary of America’s involvement with the war, World War I and American Art will be the first major exhibition devoted to exploring the ways in which American artists reacted to the First World War.
The war’s impact on art and culture was enormous, as nearly all of the era’s major American artists interpreted their experiences, opinions and perceptions of the conflict through their work.
This lecture will explore PAFA’s exhibition themes and images as well as discuss the artists who chronicled their experiences of the unfolding war as it crept closer to home and then involved them directly as soldiers, relief workers, political dissenters, and official war artists.
The PAFA Museum is FREE on Sundays through April 2017.
Presented by Laurel McLaughlin, Curatorial Assistant on the Exhibition.
Painting: Claggett Wilson, Flower of Death—The Bursting of a Heavy Shell—Not as It Looks, but as It Feels and Sounds and Smells, c. 1918–19, watercolor and pencil on paperboard, 17 x 22 7/8 in. Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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