Jerrilynn D. Dodds, Dean, Sarah Lawrence College
Some of the most powerful paintings of the past two centuries were created in direct response to contemporary political crises. These works were animated by the urgency of the political dialogue of their times. But the same artistic intensity that grew from a particular political climate of the past can make a painting transcend its historical moment. In this way, a masterwork can bear potent witness to its political dialogue centuries later, with uncanny connections to the politics of our own times.
Politics of the Spanish Civil War from Picasso's Guernica to Capa's Falling Soldier
This series is supported by the Mrs. Joseph H. King Fund.
Above: Robert Capa (American 1913-1954). The Falling Soldier, 1936. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Gilman Collection, Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2005 (2005.100.166). Photo by Robert Capa © Cornell Capa / Magnum.
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