Friday, April 14, 2017
New Deal Art: "Summer Pastures"
Above: "Summer Pastures," an oil painting by Dorothy Varian (1895-1985), created while she was in the New Deal's Public Works of Art Project, 1934. Varian had a prolific art career. In 1968 it was reported that she had "received high praise as a colorist, and working with color is her first interest. Critics have lauded her work in oil as subtle and often shimmery - oriental in its serenity and based on simplicity" ("Splash of Color at Polari," The Kingston Daily Freemen, July 27, 1968, p. 26). The "serenity" and "simplicity" of "Summer Pastures" offers a nice respite from today's perpetual bad news. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.