At a Glance
In this series, art historian and Road Scholar expert instructor Matthew Palczynski will explore how Cubism, Pop Art and other movements grew out of their respective eras. How is an artistic masterwork best defined? What are some of the most important artworks from the past century or so? Interrogate how modernism evolved into a rich tapestry of global contemporary art. Unpack how great art at once reveals something about its maker and all of us experiencing it today. The focus of this lecture will be art in the war years, approximately 1939-1945. During the Second World War, nearly everything in the realm of American and European art changed. Examine the impact of the era on major artists in Germany, France, the UK and the USA. See up close how the work of Klee, Hepworth, Pollock and others defined a generation.