Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New Deal Art: A winter landscape

Above: This oil painting, depicting a winter landscape, was created by Martha Levy while she was in the New Deal's Public Works of Art Project, ca. 1933-1934. It seems like an appropriate painting for today, the first day of winter. Not much is known about Levy, but according to the website AskArt.com, "Like many artists in the 1930's, Levy fell on hard times." So, like it did for many other artists, the Public Works of Art Project helped Levy maintain her career. The Slate Valley Museum in Granville, New York has a mural she painted while in the WPA's Federal Art Project: "Men Working in Slate Quarry," and states: "Research about Martha Levy and the mural will be ongoing projects at the museum." Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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