With the centenary of America’s involvement in the First World War comes the opportunity to study the impacts of the war on our art and culture. World War I and American Art, currently on view at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, is the first major museum exhibition to explore how American artists reacted to the war.

Artists were a major part of chronicling the war—as makers of promotional and recruitment art supporting the war, as documentarians capturing attitudes at home, and as first-hand witnesses to the war’s horrors. The exhibition catalogue for World War I and American Art includes eight thoroughly researched essays by leading historians and art scholars. The over 200 illustrated works by some 80 different artists represent the broad variety of art created in relation to the war. Artists featured include Ivan Albright, George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Georgia O’Keeffe, Man Ray, Norman Rockwell, and John Singer Sargent. With this wide-ranging study, the book constitutes a comprehensive look at the connection between art and one of our country’s most significant historical events.

 

 

Photography by Jeremy Linden