Ravishing Art

By: Katherine Campbell & Briana Rosales

Artists of the Decade

They produced vibrant portraits of rural countryside, politically charged murals, and the first exploration of abstract, regionalism, and expressionism. At the time artists were poor, unknown, and working on the fringe. (Baughman et al.)

What type of art could you scrutinize in the 1930's?


  • Regionalism- Is an art in which artists use the regions around them to create scenes of rural life.

    1. American Gothic –Wood

    2. Snowflakes – Wyeth

    3. Oak Tree – Curry

  • Abstract- Art that does not depict a person, place, or thing.

    1. Geometric Abstraction – Bisstram

    2. Abstract – Browne

    3. Composition – Sennhauser

  • Expressionism- Originated in Germany, but was used to present the world exclusively from a likely caricature perspective.

    1. The Glazier – Kooning

    2. The Acrobat – Kooning

    3. The Wave – Kooning

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1930s commercial artists from "Artists and Models"

Federal Arts Project

"The WPA/FAP began in 1933 as the Public Works of Art Project. Abandoned in 1934 the FAP was started again in 1935. It gave painters a fixed salary and asked that a painting be produced about every eight weeks. The paintings were then given to public buildings. Besides financial support the WPA brought painters together in a community of talent and ideas. It gave painters time to paint and generally made no demands on style, thus fostering abstract work as well as the more prevalent Regionalism. Davis, Kooning, Gorky, Pollock, Adolph Gottlieb, Rothko, and Ad Reinhardt were among the painters on the WPA rolls. By the time the WPA was disbanded in 1943, more than five thousand artists in more than a thousand American cities had benefited, and abstraction was still an underground movement." (Baughman et al.)