Bert Gallery Introduction
On December 7, 1941 every American life changed with the attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the United States into World War II. Most American artists left art school or faculty positions to serve in the war and while many American artists adjusted to the disruption in their career, the war irrevocably transformed the art world. The Post War art profession was convulsing with new ideas and approaches in painting. A variety of New England and Providence artists were transformed by the art currents of European modernists like Cezanne, Surrealists like Dali, cubists like Braque, Abstract Expressionists like Pollock & De Kooning and Geometric Abstractionists like Albers.
This Bert Gallery's online exhibit documents the many fine examples of New England and The Providence School Post War American art available at the gallery.
Image: Gordon Peers
In Providence, teaching at Rhode Island School of Design, Gordon Peers (1909 - 1988) evolved through the fantasy side of realism in a Surrealist phase and landed in the European modernist style of Paul Cezanne "building form with color and using "thick layers of pigment often applied with a palette knife." Metmuseum.org
Image: Painter's Beach Still Life, Oil on Canvas 30" x 35.5", $5,000.
Karl Knaths 1891 - 1971, The Candle, 1945