Regionalism

Thomas Hart Benton

Thomas Hart Benton Painting The Rape of Persephone, 1938 Thomas Hart Benton (1889-1975) chronicled the beauty, joys and sorrows of everyday life in America, until the day he died. Early Life Benton was born in 1889 in Neosho, Missouri, the oldest of four children. He spent much of his childhood and adolescence in Washington, D.C., [...]

Orville Bulman

Orville Bulman was a mostly self taught, mid-twentieth century American artist, whose work was inspired by his trips to Haiti and the American South. His many solo shows were usually sold out before the doors officially opened. Many collectors, including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, had several of his paintings. Early Life and Family Orville Bulman [...]

John Steuart Curry

John Steuart Curry was an American Regionalist painter, illustrator, muralist and printmaker. His paintings of rural America were a comfort to many during the Great Depression. Early Life and Education John Stuart Curry was born in 1897 in Dunavant, Kansas, a town whose population was just 85 people in 1910. His parents, Smith and Margaret Curry, were [...]

Wolf Kahn

Wolf Kahn has been creating landscapes in rich, vibrant oils, pastels and prints for more than sixty years. Early Life and Education Wolf Kahn was born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927, the youngest of four children. His father was a prominent composer and conductor with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, who lost his appointment when the Nazis took [...]

Reginald Marsh

Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) was born in Paris, France, the child of artist parents. He was born over a small cafe on Paris' Left Bank. He was brought to the United States in 1900 and was drawing before he was three. He studied art at Yale University and the Art Students League, during which time he worked primarily [...]

Dale Nichols

Dale Nichols (1904–1995) Dale Nichols was an American Regionalist painter and illustrator, who traveled extensively, but always went back to his Nebraska roots for inspiration. Early Life and Education Dale Nichols was born in 1904, in David City, Nebraska. His family had a grain and livestock farm, so Nichols spent his childhood doing chores and [...]

Palmer Schoppe

Palmer Schoppe's (1912-2001) artistic leanings were evident since childhood so that his brief year at Yale and then the New York Art Students League from 1930 to 1934 was natural. Upon his return home to Santa Monica, after four years of jazz and blues in New York and in the Gullah community of South Carolina and in [...]

Neil Welliver

Neil Welliver [1929-2005] Neil Welliver was an American landscape painter and educator, who found inspiration in the woods surrounding his home in Maine. Early Life and Education Neil Welliver was born in 1929 in the small town of Millville, Pennsylvania, where he graduated at the bottom of his high school class of 21. Welliver received his BA [...]

Grant Wood

Grant Wood painted idyllic scenes of Iowa farm life. His Regionalist paintings were comforting to Midwesterners, at a time when the country was reeling from the impact of war and the Depression. Early Life Grant Wood was born on a small farm in rural Iowa in 1891. His father died in 1901, when Wood was ten. Wood’s [...]

Andrew Wyeth

Andrew Wyeth on the Kuerner Farm in Chadds Ford, Pa., in 1991. David Alan Harvey/Magnum Photos   Pa kept me almost in a jail, just kept me to himself in my own world, and he wouldn’t let anyone in on it. I was almost made to stay in Sherwood Forest with Maid Marion and the [...]

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