Gassed (cropped) by John Sargent, 1919 (Imperial War Museum, London)
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If you’ve not experienced Paul Glenshaw’s dynamic series Art + History, in which he examines great works of art in their historical context, now’s your chance. In this summer series, he reprises six of his earlier daytime sessions in livestreamed evening programs through June, July, and August. In each, he delves into the time of the artist, explores the present they inhabited, and what shaped their vision and creations, bringing the art and their creators to vivid life. Even if you’ve taken part in previous programs, you’ll find new insights in joining Glenshaw for another look at these timeless works.
Glenshaw is an artist, educator, author, and filmmaker with more than 30 years’ experience working across disciplines in the arts, history, and sciences. He teaches drawing for Smithsonian Associates and studied painting at Washington University in St. Louis.
Gassed by John Singer Sargent
Six months before the end of World War I, the British War Memorials Committee commissioned American expatriate painter John Singer Sargent for a painting to be included in a proposed Hall of Remembrance. Sargent went to the Western front and witnessed the aftermath of a German gas attack on the British infantry. His monumental work, Gassed, depicts the multitude of wounded at a dressing station, many of them blinded. Glenshaw moves from the parlors of society where Sargent built his reputation as a portraitist to the trenches of World War I where he saw firsthand the horrors of the first industrialized war and its unparalleled destruction. How could a world of such refinement also execute such cruelty?
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*
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