AmericanSocial Realism     Nicole Fude  Lindsay Magaldi   Grant Mckinney
What is it?Mainly focuses on lower-class Americans in urbansettings, and on their hardships andsurroundingsAttempts to cre...
Social Realism was developed as a reactionagainst idealism and the exaggerated egoencouraged by Romanticism. Consequences ...
●   They focused on the ugly realities of●   contemporary life and sympathized with●   working-class people, particularly ...
Two American   Realist MovementsSocial Realism        Scene Painting/RegionalismFocuses on lower-classes, particularly Foc...
Compare/Contrast          Social Realism                RegionalismDorothea Lange, Migrant Mother   Grant Wood, American G...
Influences on Social        RealismRobert Henri and his Ashcan Artists holdthe "Independent Exhibit of Artists" in1910, wi...
Diego RiveraBorn in Mexico in 1886, died in 1957Helped found the Communist Party in MexicoMainly a painter of murals that ...
Detroit Industry, 1933
The Arsenal, 1928
Edward HopperBorn in 1882, died in 1967One of Robert Henris students, but he considered himself separate from the "Ashcans...
Girl at Sewing Machine, 1921
Automat 1927
Dorothea LangeBorn in 1895, died in 1965Worked as a photographer during the Depression, documenting the plight of the poor...
Migrant Mother, 1936
The White Angel Breadline, 1933
Ben ShahnBorn in Lithuania in 1898, died in 1969.As such, he had a lot of sympathy for immigrants, demonstrated by his ser...
The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti, 1932
Lest We Forget, 1937
Reginald MarshBorn in France in 1898, died in 1954Portrayed lots of New York street lifeAlso had a fondness for portraying...
●   Usherette, 1939
The Park Bench, 1932
Jacob LawrenceBorn in 1917, died in 2000.Lawrences paintings are less "realistic" than that of other social realistsHe cre...
Carpenters, 1977
The Migration of the Negro, panel 1, 1941
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  1. 1. AmericanSocial Realism Nicole Fude Lindsay Magaldi Grant Mckinney
  2. 2. What is it?Mainly focuses on lower-class Americans in urbansettings, and on their hardships andsurroundingsAttempts to create art that is truly American insubject and style (rather than copying Europeaninnovations and movements)Rejects the abstract styles that many modern artmovements utilizedMediums include, but not limited to,photography, prints, etchings, and of course,different methods of painting like oil and
  3. 3. Social Realism was developed as a reactionagainst idealism and the exaggerated egoencouraged by Romanticism. Consequences ofthe Industrial Revolution became apparent;urban centers grew, slums proliferated on anew scale contrasting with the display ofwealth of the upper classes. With a newsense of social consciousness, the SocialRealists pledged to “fight the beautifulart”, any style which appealed to the eyeor emotions.
  4. 4. ● They focused on the ugly realities of● contemporary life and sympathized with● working-class people, particularly the● poor. They recorded what they saw (“as it● existed”) in a dispassionate manner. The● public was outraged by Social Realism, in● part, because they didnt know how to look● at it or what to do with it
  5. 5. Two American Realist MovementsSocial Realism Scene Painting/RegionalismFocuses on lower-classes, particularly Focuses on settings andthose of New York objects distinctlyImmigrants and identifiable as Americanlaborers are commonsubjects Often depicts farmers andDraws attention to their workpoor livingconditions Champions values such asOften promotedcommunist hard work and independencesentiment Promotes American patriotism and
  6. 6. Compare/Contrast Social Realism RegionalismDorothea Lange, Migrant Mother Grant Wood, American Gothic (1936) (1930)
  7. 7. Influences on Social RealismRobert Henri and his Ashcan Artists holdthe "Independent Exhibit of Artists" in1910, with many paintings depicting NewYork City and the lower classes.The Progressive Era brought "muckrakers",journalists who went to great lengths tofind the truth and to spread awareness ofsocial problems.Finally, the Great Depression convincedmany that capitalism had failed. It alsoinspired some artists to portray thehardship around them.
  8. 8. Diego RiveraBorn in Mexico in 1886, died in 1957Helped found the Communist Party in MexicoMainly a painter of murals that portrayedthe everyday life and work of the lowerclassOne famous mural displayed in the DetroitInstitute of Art is Detroit Industry (1933)
  9. 9. Detroit Industry, 1933
  10. 10. The Arsenal, 1928
  11. 11. Edward HopperBorn in 1882, died in 1967One of Robert Henris students, but he considered himself separate from the "Ashcans"Preferred to paint scenes withvery few people depicted
  12. 12. Girl at Sewing Machine, 1921
  13. 13. Automat 1927
  14. 14. Dorothea LangeBorn in 1895, died in 1965Worked as a photographer during the Depression, documenting the plight of the poor and homeless
  15. 15. Migrant Mother, 1936
  16. 16. The White Angel Breadline, 1933
  17. 17. Ben ShahnBorn in Lithuania in 1898, died in 1969.As such, he had a lot of sympathy for immigrants, demonstrated by his series of paintings known as The Passion of Sacco and VanzettiWorked with Dorothea Lange during the Depression, taking photos to document the poverty
  18. 18. The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti, 1932
  19. 19. Lest We Forget, 1937
  20. 20. Reginald MarshBorn in France in 1898, died in 1954Portrayed lots of New York street lifeAlso had a fondness for portraying women in provocative positions
  21. 21. ● Usherette, 1939
  22. 22. The Park Bench, 1932
  23. 23. Jacob LawrenceBorn in 1917, died in 2000.Lawrences paintings are less "realistic" than that of other social realistsHe created "sets" of paintings, almost like a comic stripHe based many paintings on his experiences and his observations in Harlem
  24. 24. Carpenters, 1977
  25. 25. The Migration of the Negro, panel 1, 1941
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