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QU POLIS: Artistic Achievement by Leaders of a World in Crisis: What the Individual Styles of Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill Reveal about Early 20th Century Art
October 1, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The beginning of the 20th Century saw a great deal of innovation in Western Art, earning this time period a meaningful epithet — “the Shock of the New” — by art critic, Robert Hughes.
Certain schools adhered to the traditional strains of Neo-Classical Art, heavier renditions of Gothic Revival and sentimentally overstated Romanticism. Other schools leaped past these trappings and ushered in Expressionism, Fauvism, Surrealism and other avant garde schools.
Both Hitler and Churchill were amateur artists during this tumultuous era. Each immersed himself in what he felt to be the most expressive form of art to deal with such a time. Their personalities, their values, their shortcomings and their most significant character traits could not but be revealed by what they painted and who they were. This brief course offers a unique insight into this intense dichotomy of rivals through what they left behind.
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