October 29, 2011 11:00 PM

Eerie desolation rules in George Ault exhibit at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

A melancholy alcoholic with a family history of suicide, American artist George Ault (1891-1948) spent the final decade of his life in rural Woodstock, N.Y., where, as war raged in Europe and the Pacific, he created some of his most compelling paintings. Roughly 20 of them are now on view in “To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America” at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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