In celebration of Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties, Fire!
A suite of five vivid, larger-than-life paintings in Gallery 201 may have caught your eye as you entered from the south door during the Solstice party—2003.6.1 (Polyhymnia, Muse of Eloquence) through 2003.6.5 (Clio, Muse of History)—all painted by
Two artists featured in Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties hailed from Cleveland.
George Ault (1891-1948)
Why were artists in the United States during the 1920s so fascinated by urban landscapes? Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties, on view now through September 16, has an entire gallery dedicated to the ways its featured artists engaged with urban life.
At the dawn of the 20th century the city of Cleveland was famous throughout the nation and world as the quintessential example of the American dream in action.
Way back in 2008, when the Cleveland Museum of Art reopened a good portion of its permanent collection to the public, some friends and I decided to spend an afternoon checking out the galleries.