Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Plein Air in Wartime

Minneapolis College of Art Class, June, 1917

By the time this picture was taken, war had already been declared by the United States. The sun was still shining here, although several of the men in this picture would soon find themselves overseas. Adolph Dehn (standing next to the easel) would be sent to prison as a conscientious objector. His girlfriend, Wanda Gág (in plaid dress), would soon go to New York City to start her career in art.  The fate of others is unknown to me, but the war would end quickly, as wars tended to do in those days.

By Professor Batty


Blogger Jono said...

What did Adolf have that you don't?

The first War to End All Wars was nearly a hundred years ago and we have learned nothing.

At least Wanda had her art.

Blogger Professor Batty said...

Adolf and Wanda ultimately consummated
their relationship, but it was unsatisfactory for both. Wanda took up with his roommate (while he was squiring a Russian dancer in Europe) and never looked back.

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