After the Front Line: Artists Who Served in the World Wars

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After the Front Line: Artists Who Served in the World Wars, installation view at Krannert Art Museum, 2014.
After the Front Line: Artists Who Served in the World Wars, installation view at Krannert Art Museum, 2014.

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After the Front Line: Artists Who Served in the World Wars, installation view at Krannert Art Museum, 2014.
After the Front Line: Artists Who Served in the World Wars, installation view at Krannert Art Museum, 2014.

Exhibition

On view
Aug 23, 2014 to Dec 23, 2014
Main Level, Gelvin Noel Gallery

To complement La Grande Guerre: French Posters and Photographs from World War I, the exhibition After the Front Line presents works by artists who served in various capacities during World War I (1914–18) and World War II (1939–45).

Gallery visitors can gain a sense of how military conflict can profoundly influence one’s artistic practice, as well as how it can alter artists’ worldviews and attitudes toward society. Some of the exhibited works offer scathing social commentaries while others expose the atrocious aftermath of war. Selected from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition includes paintings and works on paper by numerous European and American artists, including Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, Leon Golub, George Grosz, Jack Levine, Ellsworth Kelly, Henry Moore, and Jacques Villon.

Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

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