Art & Architecture

World War I and American Art

    Contributions by
  • Alexander Nemerov
  • Pearl James
  • Amy Helene Kirschke
  • David S. Reynolds
  • Jason Weems

The first major account of how American artists responded to World War I


Nov 1, 2016
9.5 x 11.25 in.
229 color + 63 b/w illus.
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World War I had a profound impact on American art and culture. Nearly every major artist responded to events, whether as official war artists, impassioned observers, or participants on the battlefields. It was the moment when American artists, designers, and illustrators began to consider the importance of their contributions to the wider world and to visually represent the United States’ emergent role in modern global politics. World War I and American Art provides an unprecedented consideration of the impact of the conflict on American artists and the myriad ways they reacted to it.

Artists took a leading role in chronicling the war, crafting images that influenced public opinion, supported mobilization efforts, and helped to shape how the appalling human toll was mourned and memorialized. World War I and American Art features some eighty artists—including Ivan Albright, George Bellows, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Violet Oakley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Man Ray, John Singer Sargent, and Claggett Wilson—whose paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, posters, and ephemera span the diverse visual culture of the period to tell the story of a crucial turning point in the history of American art.

Taking readers from the home front to the battlefront, this landmark book will remain the definitive reference on a pivotal moment in American modern art for years to come.

Published in association with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Awards and Recognition

  • Finalist for the 2018 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Book Award, College Art Association