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EARLY TO MID–TWENTIETH CENTURY ART

The birth of the twentieth century in America brought great social and economic change. The spread of industrialization created a tremendous growth of factories and cities, causing many people to feel as if they were losing their individuality, becoming anonymous among the masses. Through many different stylistic characteristics, art of the early-to mid-twentieth century reflects the notion that life was becoming overwhelmingly complicated. Many Americans longed to return to a simpler time. As a result, a style of art called American Scene painting emerged. Strong in national pride with a focus on purely American rural and urban scenes, small towns, and people, the style became popular, particularly in the South, where many felt that Southern culture was vanishing under the weight of the new industrial age. Yet while a great number of artists created images of rural America and Southern ways of life, Southern artists were not oblivious to the new styles of art that had made their way from Europe into America. German expressionism, emphasizing vivid and emotional brushwork and color and formalist styles of art, emphasizing form and color, over the recognizable representation of a subject, can be seen in the work of some Southern artists.

Highlights (Click on an image for object details)
"Abstraction" by Paul Ninas
Abstraction
By Paul Ninas
1959
"Bargain Basement" by Lamar Dodd
Bargain Basement
By Lamar Dodd
1937
"From This Earth" by Lamar Dodd
From This Earth
By Lamar Dodd
1945
"Georgia Red Clay" by Nell Choate Jones
Georgia Red Clay
By Nell Choate Jones
1946
"Gervais St. Antique Shop" by Edmund Yaghjian
Gervais St. Antique Shop
By Edmund Yaghjian
1950s
"Hoover and the Flood" by John Steuart Curry
Hoover and the Flood
By John Steuart Curry
1940
"I Can't Sleep" by John McCrady
I Can't Sleep
By John McCrady
1933+48
"Play Ball" by Augusta Oelschig
Play Ball
Augusta Oelschig
c. 1955
"Sharecropper" by Marie Atkinson Hull
Sharecropper
By Marie Atkinson Hull
1947
"Tobacco Setters on a Hilltop" by Stephen Alke
Tobacco Setters on a Hilltop
By Stephen Alke
c. 1938
"Tyranny of Survival" by Frank London
Tyranny of Survival
By Frank London
1943
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