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150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series—World Wars and Savage Beasts: French and German Expressionism

With Associate Curator of Education Nancy Spector

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 11:15 am

Franz Marc (German, 1880–1916). Die Wölfe (Balkankrieg) [The Wolves (Balkan War)], 1913. Oil on canvas, 27 7/8 x 55 inches (70.8 x 139.7 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Charles Clifton, James G. Forsyth, and Charles W. Goodyear Funds, 1951.

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Painters André Derain, Henri Matisse, and their circle were derided as "Les Fauves" ("the Wild Beasts"), a criticism of their radical new turn-of-the century painting style. One hundred years later their paintings still look bold and boisterous, filled with the expressive lines and unexpected color they used to celebrate the joys of life. In nearby Germany, the German Expressionists used the same elements to express an entirely different mood as their nation headed for war.

About the 150 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series

This lecture series, held every two years in conjunction with the Education Department’s docent training course, will cover the history of art from the mid-nineteenth century through 2012. Curator of Education Mariann Smith and Associate Curator of Education Nancy Spector will focus on works in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Collection as they cover both the art and the history of the past 150 years. The series continues through Saturday, March 16, 2013. Doors for all lectures open at 11 am. View Full Schedule