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Prints from the Great Depression


During the Great Depression of the 1930's, the American scene became filled with despair and disillusionment; the Dust Bowl of the Midwest and Southwest caused agricultural ruin; the Stock Market crashed, and millions of Americans were without work. The nation's administration under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt introduced the Works Progress Administration (WPA) which helped develop employment and uplifted the quality of American life during the Great Depression. The Federal Arts Project (FAP) formed workshops to help artists develop artistic nationalism in various regions of the United States. The main object was to observe the American scene, its people and landscape, outside, of the studio environment. WPA art was not intended to develop masterpieces, but to give a depiction of the everyday life of the people at work and in their leisure activities. The end result was an extensive development and creation of an American culture; an art that the American people could understand and appreciate. Artists such as Abramovitz, Grambes, Jones, and Sternberg conveyed the social injustice and life's struggle of the working class. With the coming of World War II, a new era began, and the Great Depression came to an end. In conclusion, a summation by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration photographer typifies the objective of the WPA movement in the arts. "I am a photographer hired by a democratic government to take pictures of its land and its people. The idea is to show New York to Texans and Texas to New York."

Reference:
The Federal Art Project: American Prints from the 1930's, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, 1985. 
Meyer Family Collection: Prints from the New York Federal Arts Program, Al Harris F. University of Buffalo Art Museum, 1998. 
The National Archives,
"A New Deal for the Arts, 1997-98."

This exhibit includes works by:  Albert Abramovitz, Lillian Adelman, Harold Anchel, Carlos Anderson, Will Barnet, Thomas Hart Benton, Mortimore Borne, Syd Browne, Howard Cook, John E. Costigan, Adolf Dehn, Thomas Eldred, Harold Faye, Ernest Fiene, David Feinstein, Don Freeman, Isac Friedlander, Emil Ganso, Blanche Grambs, John P. Heins, Eugene Higgins, Al Hirschfeld, Ben Hoffman, Mabel Wellington Jack, Joe Jones, Andrew Karoly, Rockwell Kent, Chet Harmon LaMore, Joseph LeBoit, Nan Lurie, Reginald Marsh, Ben Messick, Max Mougel, Elizabeth Olds, Rosa Rush, Dorothy Rutka, Francis Bernard Shields, Doris Spiegel, Harry Sternberg, James Swann, Harry LeRoy Taskey, Victor Thal, Joseph Vogel, Louis Wolchonok, and Ronau Woiceske.



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Albert Abramovitz

Latvian-American (1879-1963)
Wuxtry!
14-1/2 x 10 in.

Color wood engraving, c.1935, edition about 25 or less. Signed in the block, lower right, with the double 'A' chop; signed and titled in pencil. In very good condition printed on Japan paper with large margins. Published by the Federal Art Project, WPA, NY.


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Wuxtry!



Lillian Adelman

American (1899-1985)
Summer Saga
13 x 17-1/2 in.

Lithograph,c.1935-43, edition about 25. Signed and titled in pencil. Published by the New York City WPA Art Project. Printed on wove paper with a watermark, Rives. In good condition with full margins. Sheet size: 16 x 22-3/4 in.


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Summer Saga



Lillian Adelman

American (1899-1985)
I Like New York
17-1/2 x 13-1/8 in.

Lithograph, c.1935-43, edition about 25. Signed and titled in pencil. Rubber stamp of the "Federal Art Project NYC WPA," in the lower margin. Printed on wove paper with a watermark, Rives. In good condition with full margins. Sheet size: 23 x 16 in.


$450.
I Like New York



Carlos Anderson

American (1905-1978)
Sunshine Canyon
15 x 11 in.

Lithograph, c.1935-43, edition about 25. Signed and titled in pencil. Printed on wove paper with a watermark, Rives. In good condition with full margins. Sheet size: 22-3/4 x 16-3/4 in. Published by the New York City WPA Art Project. Carlos Anderson was also known as Carlos Andreson. His works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Museum of American Art, and the Utah State Fine Arts Collection.


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Sunshine Canyon



Carlos Anderson

American (1905-1978)
Home Town Winter
9-3/4 x 14 in.

Lithograph, c.1935-43, edition about 25. Signed and titled in pencil. Printed on wove paper with a watermark, Vidalon. In good condition with full margins. Sheet size: 13 x 20-1/2 in. Rubber stamp of the "New York City WPA Art Project," in the lower margin.


$1250.
Home Town Winter



Carlos Anderson

American (1905-1978)
Minor Poet
13 x 17-1/2 in.

Lithograph, c.1935-43, edition about 25. Signed and titled in pencil. Printed on wove paper with a watermark, Rives. In very good condition with full margins. Sheet size: 22-3/4 x 16 in. Published by the New York City WPA Art Project. Exhibited at the Meyer Family Collection, Prints from the New York Federal Art Project, Buffalo University, NY, 1998. The vast majority of Anderson's work may be seen at the Springville Museum of Art in Utah.


$1250.
Minor Poet
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