American Art History 1900 - 1950

Georgetown Library

American Art History 1900 - 1950

Next date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 1:30 p.m. (see all dates)

American art, from the time of the founding of the republic, was derivative of the art of Europeans.  Towards the end of the nineteenth century the Newtonian world was replaced by the relativity of Einstein (and Planck) and the art world responded with radical new forms and approaches.  Some American artists tentatively began adopting these new forms, while others employed traditional realistic styles to comment on American life.  Modernism and Realism both ran through the history of American art through the first half of the twentieth century, ending with the art world explosive innovation around 1950 of Abstract Expressionism and the development of an international Modernist movement centered in New York City.

Some of the movements and artists covered in this course will be the Eight and the Ashcan School,  Alfred Steiglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe and the Steiglitz Circle; Edward Hopper and the realist artists, Stuart Davis and abstract art, the Social Realists and Abstract Expressionism.

This course began in November 2018.  Four sessions were completed.  The remaining five sessions will continue on Wednesdays in May from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Presented by Lois Steinitz and Donna McKee from the Phillips Collection