The Easel

Depression Era Painting and Its Resonance: America After The Fall – An Extract

By 1930 the US had experienced decades of rapid immigration, war, industrialization, a stock market crash and then depression. Little wonder that artists struggled to portray this rapid social change. “It’s an unruly show from first to last, wildly stylistically inconsistent” notes one critic. But there can be no doubting the significance of the decade – or the art that emerged from New York soon thereafter. More images here.