October 6, 2017–January 21, 2018
World War I and American Art
James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960). I Want YOU for U.S. Army, Nearest Recruiting Station, 1917. Poster, 40 x 29 1/2 in. Collection of Walton Rawls. Photo: The Library Company of Philadelphia
John Singer Sargent (1856–1925). Gassed, 1919. Oil on canvas, 90 1/2 x 240 in. Imperial War Museums, London, England. Photo © IWM Imperial War Museums, Art.IWM ART 1460
Marsden Hartley (1877–1943). Portrait, ca. 1914–15. Oil on canvas, 32 1/4 x 21 1/2 in. The Collection of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Bequest of Hudson D. Walker from the Ione and Hudson D. Walker Collection,
John Steuart Curry (1897–1946). The Return of Private Davis from the Argonne, 1928–40. Oil on canvas, 38 1/4 x 52 1/4 in. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, Museum purchase funded by the Caroline Wiess Law Accessions Endowment Fund, 2011.763. Photo © Estate of John Steuart Curry, courtesy of Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE
Childe Hassam (1859–1935). Early Morning on the Avenue in May 1917, 1917. Oil on canvas, 30 1/16 × 36 1/16 in. Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, Bequest of Candace C. Stimson, 1944.20. Photo: Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover/Art Resource, NY
Jane Peterson (1876–1965). Red Cross Work Room 5th Avenue, NYC during the War, ca. 1917. Watercolor on paper, 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. Collection of Jonathan L. Cohen
Horace Pippin (1888–1946). The Barracks, 1945. Oil on canvas, 25 1/4 x 30 in. The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Acquired 1946
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.
World I and American Art was organized by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
World War I and American Art has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. Additional funding provided by grants from the David A. and Helen P. Horn Charitable Trust, and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.