Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday Morning Museum: American Scene Painting – Regionalism

Regionalism – In America from 1931 to 1940
Regionalism is an American realist modern art movement that was popular during the 1930s. The artistic focus was from artists who shunned city life, and rapidly developing technological advances, to create scenes of rural life. Regionalist style was at its height from 1930 to 1935. – Wikipedia.org
In addition to Thomas Hart Benton (see art example below), other practitioners of Regionalism are John Steuart Curry and Grant Wood.

Romance, circa 1931-1932 by Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975)

A painter and muralist celebrated for his regional scenes of daily life in the southern, midwestern, and western United States, Thomas Hart Benton was committed to portraying images of progress and satisfaction in the American heartland. Born to a family of statesmen, Benton was a patriot who saw his art as a means to generate social and political reform. His nostalgic and uplifting scenes of hard work, self-reliance, and individualism garnered broad popular appeal in post–World War I America. This work, painted when the artist was at the midpoint of his life, provides a lyrical view of a young couple on a relaxed evening stroll. Drawing on his knowledge of both Old Master techniques and modernist ideas, which he had gleaned from several years spent studying in Paris, Benton crafted a lively composition whose rhythmic alignment of forms conveys a sense of poignant familiarity. – The Blanton Museum of Art

Last Monday’s Art – Academic Art
Next Monday’s Art – Social Realism

Top of post: "Regionalism" graphic created by Adrean Darce Brent
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