About the Class
Although best known for French post-impressionist paintings, the Barnes is very much an American institution and contains a remarkable collection of American art. This class will focus on artists such as Horace Pippin, Maurice and Charles Prendergast, Charles Demuth, and William Glackens, considering their work within the context of the collection as well as the broader scope of 20th-century American art. We will also discuss Dr. Barnes’s engagement with American artists and its implications beyond the permanent collection.
Perthes is the Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education at the Barnes. He has taught courses at the Barnes as well as 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.