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

8/29/2014 - 12/23/2014
Organizing institution: Krannert Art Museum at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Primary Curator: Kathryn Koca Polite

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.

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