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$10 member | $20 non-member | $5 student
with Bill Perthes, The Barnes Foundation Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education

The paintings in Impressionism to Modernism: The Lenfest Collection of American Art illuminate a period when Bucks County artists were challenged by the rise of a new visual language. Some artists retained the tradition of Pennsylvanian Impressionism, while others were enticed by the lure of Modernism. The impact of Modernism can be seen in subtle, surprising, as well as profound ways, all one needs to do is look closely. This gallery talk will explore these and other topics through a lively discussion held in the exhibition galleries looking at works of art in the exhibition.

Bill Perthes is the Barnes Foundation’s Bernard C. Watson Director of Adult Education. With a background in philosophy and art history, Bill is interested in the communicative potential of works of art, how everyday occurrences inform and effect art and aesthetic experiences, and the influence deep engagement with works of art have on viewers. Bill’s work explores the visual language of art through object-based empirical analysis. In addition, Bill focuses on Modernism, both in Europe and the United States, with a special concentration on the Abstract Expressionist painter Robert Motherwell.




Image: Bror Julius Olsson Nordfeldt (1878-1955), The Pigs and the Cows, 1938. Oil on board. 26 x 32 inches. Gift of Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest.