Saturday, April 29, 2017

New Deal Tree Art (4/5): Men pruning trees

Above: This oil painting shows men pruning trees around a pond. It was painted by Ilah Marian Kibbey (1883-1957), while she was in the New Deal's Public Works of Art Project, ca. 1934. Before her time as a New Deal artist, Kibbey had become well-known for a different type of art style - painting and sketching from the air. In 1930, while working as the registrar of the Kansas City Art Institute, she thought: "Those who travel by airplane say the Earth's rivers and woods and cities and hills look entirely different from the air. Why not paint them from that point of view and see what the result is?" Some of her paintings and sketches in this style included, "The Silvery Stream," "Cloud Shadows on the Plains," and "Flying High Over the Snow" ("Flying Landscape Artist Sketching View From Air Has Created New Form Of Art," The Springfield Leader, April 5, 1930). Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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