The early 20th century was an incredibly dynamic moment in art, and nowhere was this dynamism felt more strongly than in America. From the Roaring Twenties to the Postwar Era, American painters were in a powerful struggle between responding to European trends while also pushing to define a uniquely American aesthetic. This is the captivating tension on display in “Modern Times: American Art 1910-1950,” on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art until 3 September 2018.

Featuring a marvelous assortment of works by America’s modern masters, this exhibition reveals to visitors the fascinating dialogue between American and European artists during an era of cultural revolution. New uses of color and form create a connected theme between the works on display, and yet there is also artistic diversity: from Georgia O’Keeffe to Jacob Lawrence, the artists seen in this showcase were embracing new techniques while also exploring uniquely American experiences.

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