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World Wars and Savage Beasts: French and German Expressionism

5,000 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series

Saturday, October 9, 2010, 11:15 am

FREE for Gallery Members / $10 for non-members
Auditorium

With Curator of Education Mariann Smith

Early French critics nicknamed Henri Matisse and his group of painters Les Fauves—the Wild Beasts—a criticism of their wild use of color and other aspects of their radical new painting style. While Matisse and his friends used expressive lines and riotous color to celebrate the joys of life, German painters simultaneously used them to express the uneasiness around them as their nation headed for war. 

The 5,000 Years of Contemporary Art Lecture Series continues through March 12, 2011. Throughout the series, Curator of Education Mariann Smith, Associate Curator of Education Nancy Spector, and guest speakers will use the Gallery’s Collection and other selected works to tell the story of art from ancient times through today.

Doors for all lectures open at 11 am.