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Thursdays, February 3 – February 24, 1 – 3pm


Andrew Dasburg. Landscape (Mountain in the Southwest) (detail), c. 1920. BF592. © 2021 Estate of Andrew Dasburg

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

Registration opens December 9 at 10am; member presale begins December 7 at 10am. Join now.

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About the Class

In the early 20th century, modernist painters traveled to the American Southwest, drawn by its natural beauty and inspired by its Indigenous culture. Georgia O’Keeffe’s large colorful images of skulls, flowers, and sunlit mesas have become emblems of this artistic movement. Painters as diverse as Marsden Hartley and Robert Henri visited and worked in New Mexico. Some, like Andrew Dasburg, never left. This class will explore the art of painters who worked in the Southwest; the art colonies that blossomed in Taos, Santa Fe, and other towns; and the work of Native artists like Tonita Peña (Quah Ah).

This course takes place at the Barnes in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium but is also available for online enrollment. All students, whether on-site or remote, will have the opportunity to participate in class discussions. More about online classes.

On-site capacity: 100 Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to attend this class in person; masks are also required.


William Perthes

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.

Art in Context

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?