At VMFA, The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionism and the T. Catesby Jones Collection of French Modernism provide outstanding examples of European art from the early twentieth century.
Click on the image for a virtual view of the Early 20th Century galleries. Though the galleries have changed a bit since this image was made, here you can get an idea of the kinds of objects on display in the museum. When you come to the museum you will be visiting this gallery exploring just a few of these objects.
As you take a look around consider:
Yes! The objects displayed in these galleries are real examples of art made by artists living and working in Europe during the first half of the 20th Century. By caring for and studying these objects in museums like VMFA, we are able to connect with these artists, consider how they understood the world around them, and explore how they visually shared stories and ideas.
Fortunately, you don’t have to be a scholar or an art specialist to take a closer look and begin exploring. All you need is a little bit of time and some curiosity!
Use these simple steps to take a closer look at this painting from 1916.
This painting is… (you can write anything— a single word, a full thought, even a question).
Now I think this painting is… (elaborate on your first idea).
The artist seems interested in…
Now you’ve looked at this painting for at least 30 seconds. Look at your list of sentences. You’ve just connected with German artist Erich Heckel who made this painting over a century ago. Click on the image to find out more about this object. What are you still curious about? What new ideas do you have?