Saturday, October 6, 2012

1930s America's Great Depression - Jobs & Art Across the Decade

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Stuart Davis (American artist, 1894-1964) Impression of the New York World's Fair (mural study, Communications Building, World's Fair, Flushing, New York), 1938


During this 2012 presidential election period, there is alot of discussion about the economy.  Some compare the period of economic downturn, which began in 2007-8 as the the last presidency ended & the present one began, to the Great Depression of the 1930s.   To compound the present situation, we are experiencing a drought in much of the country, just as we did in the 1930s.


Frank C. Kirk (American artist, 1889-1963) Homeward, 1933


Joseph Raskin (American artist, 1897-1982) Sixth Avenue L, 1934


Harold Lehman (American artist, 1913-2006) The Driller (Mural at Rikers Island, New York), 1937



Allan Rohan Crite (American artist, 1910-2007) School's Out, 1936


Joseph Stella (American artist, 1877-2946) Metropolitan Port, 1935-1937


Mitchell Siporin (American artist, 1910-1976) Back o' the Yards #3, 1937


Frank Cassara (American artist, b 1913) Days Without End, 1937


Mervin Jules (American artist, 1912-1994) Dispossessed, 1938


Ernest Ralph Norling (American artist, 1892-1974) The Timber Bucker, 1934


Charles Burchfield, Black Iron, 1935


Ben Shahn (American artist, 1898-1969) The Riveter (mural study, Bronx, New York central postal station), 1938


Alexandre Hogue (American artist, 1898-1894) Crucified Land, 1939


Cyril E. Power, The Tube Train, 1934


Alice Ravenel Huger Smith (American artist, 1876-1958) Mending a Break in a Rice Field 1935


David Park, Two Flutists in Yellow 1938


Harry Gottlieb (American artist, 1895-1992) Industrial Plant, 1937


Clyfford Still 1937


Pauline Palmer (American artist, 1867–1938) Apple Pickers


Edward Millman (American artist, 1907-1964) Flop House, 1937


Earle Horter, The Chrysler Building Under Construction, 1931


Edward Burra, The Snack Bar 1930


Georgia O'Keeffe (American artist, 1887-1986) Manhattan, 1932


Victor Coleman Anderson (American artist, 1882–1937) The Young Patriot


Diego Rivera, Frozen Assets, 1931


Alexandre Hogue (American artist, 1898-1894) Dust Bowl, 1933


Joseph J. Stepauick, CCC Boys by the Sea, 1930s


Max Radler, The Station, 1933


Peggy Dodds (American artist, 1900–1987) A Family at the Table


Ralston Crawford (American artist, 1906-1978) Buffalo Grain Elevators, 1937


Leo Breuer, The Coal Carrier, 1931


John McCrady, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, 1937


Maynard Dixon, Shapes of Fear, 1930


Fletcher Martin (American artist, 1904-1979) Mine Rescue (mural study for Kellogg, Idaho Post Office), 1939


Jenne Magafan, The Windmill, 1937


Charles Turzak (American artist, 1899-1986) Work Relief, 1935


Ralston Crawford, Whitestone Bridge, 1930s


Stevan Dohanos (American artist, 1907-1994) Mining Village (Study for mural, Huntington, West Virginia forestry service building), 1937


Philip Evergood, Spring, 1934


William Gropper (American artist, 1897-1977) Construction of the Dam(study for mural, the Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.), 1938


Edward Hopper, (American artist, 1882-1967) Chop Suey


Jack J. Greitzer (American artist, 1910-1989) Cooperative Planning and Developing, Wauseon, Ohio (mural study, Wauseon, Ohio Post Office)


Sandor Klein, American Farm Hand, 1937


Marvin Beerbohm (American artist, 1908-1991) Automotive Industry (mural, Detroit Public Library), 1940

Saul Levine, Dustbowl Farm Crisis 1939


Peter Blume, South of Scranton, 1931


Paul Cadmus (American artist, 1904-1999) Aspects of Suburban Life- Public Dock, 1936

Many works shown here are from The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.
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