Monday, February 4, 2013

Monday Morning Museum: American Scene Painting – Social Realism

Social Realism – In America from 1931 to 1940
Social Realism, also known as Socio-Realism, is an artistic movement, expressed in the visual and other realist arts, which depicts social and racial injustice, and economic hardship through unvarnished pictures of life's struggles; often depicting working-class activities as heroic. The movement is a style of painting in which the scenes depicted typically convey a message of social or political protest edged with satire. – Wikipedia.org

In addition to Jacob Lawrence (see art example below), other well-known Social Realism painters are Ben Shahn and Jack Levine.

The Funeral, 1938 by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)

Last Monday’s Art – Regionalism
Next Monday’s Art – Art Deco

Top of post: "Social Realism" graphic created by Adrean Darce Brent
Below: “Monday Morning Museum” logo created by Adrean Darce Brent

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