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Why New Art Mattered - Sebastian Smee

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Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic, Boston Globe.

In 1913, modernist painters were fascinated with childhood innocence in an effort to more clearly see the world that surrounded them, allowing youthful enthusiasm to guide them in their artistic choices and expression. But did this preoccupation with child-like sensibilities, so fundamental to avant-garde art, in some ways contribute to the naïveté that led to war?  Smee explores the powerful work of Henri Matisse against the backdrop of such a complex and volatile time in history.

Part of the series 1913: The World Implodes.

Tickets to this event include Museum admission.

Above: Sebastian Smee © HeraldSun.com.au

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