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Abstract Expressionism

Art in Context

Mondays, September 18 – October 16, 6 – 8pm

Robert Motherwell (American, 1915-1991). Elegy to the Spanish Republic, 70, 1961. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 65.247. Image copyright © The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY. Art © Dedalus Foundation / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

4 classes
$200; members $180.

About the Class

Abstract expressionism was the first “American” movement to gain international recognition. This four-session class surveys important artists and works from this movement and considers the ways in which its development was influenced by the Barnes Foundation and by artists represented in the collection.


William Perthes

William Perthes is senior instructor for art and aesthetics at the Barnes. He has also taught courses at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and West Chester and Villanova Universities. His scholarship focuses on American modernism and the abstract expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.