American Scene Painting

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American Scene Painting refers to a type of art popular from 1920 - 1942 that depicts the typical American lifestyle in both rural and urban areas. Also refered to as Regionalism and Social Realism, American Scene Painting was born shortly after the end of World War I, appearing successfully in the work of painter Charles Burchfield. The purpose of capturing the everyday American life had much to do with the democratic values in this country, as well as a branch off of European art of the time. This style of art broke away from the Pre World War I abstract art, defying itself as a uniquely as one of the main styles during the 1920's and 1930's. This art is both very natural yet very descriptive, grasping every detail of the lives of the American people.

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Famous Artists of American Scene Painting:

  • Edward Hopper
  • Grant Wood
  • Thomas Hart Benton
  • John Steuart Curry
  • Charles Buchfield
  • Isabel Bishop
  • Raphael Soyer
  • Moses Soyer
  • Martin Lewis
  • Alexandre Hogue
  • William Gropper
  • Regionald Marsh
  • John Sloan

Political, Social, and Economical Effects of American Scene Painting

Although American Scene Painting had no huge impact politically, ecomically, or socially, it made some impressions throughout the country. This naturalistic type of art helped to unite the country between rural and urban areas. Both groups of people could relate to the straightforward pictures of American life. Art such as this, also became very important during the Great Depression and in the aftermath or World War I, as it emerged as a new less abstract style for many to enjoy. American Scene Painting did little to affect the country through politics and economy, but socially it helped to bring together a materialistic country.
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