And so we say goodbye to The Weimar Republic and The Neu Objectivity. We sail across the sea to The U.S. where we are treated to paintings of the pastoral landscapes and slice-of-life vignettes of American life in the 1920’s and 30’s. That’s right! American Regionalism will be teh loadstone in our further un-winding of Modernism in painting and sculpture.
Here we find Grant Wood.
b. 1891 Anamosa, IA d. 1942
Wood was a rural teacher before he went to art school. In 1932 he founded Stone City Art Colony near his hometown. Jay, pop on down to the crossroads and see if it’s still there.
In Wood’s paintings we see American Regionalism as a distinct push back to the growing influence of European abstraction in painting of the day. While still fantastic and decidedly stylized the Regionalist paintings are not so much a contortion of reality as they are a celebration of subject.
oh. then there’s this old thing also by Wood.
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