Saturday, December 12, 2015

New Deal Art: A Selection of Animals

Above: An oil painting by Winthrop Duthie Turney (1885-1964), created while he participated in the New Deal's Public Works of Art Project, 1934. According to an exhibit label, "The artist hoped that this painting of animals grouped around a lavender-tinted tree would become a large mural to adorn a school. The mural would show urban schoolchildren American animals from a variety of environments." Even after 80 years, it seems to me that Turney's painting would still be a great teaching tool for very young children, or a cheery piece of art to brighten a child's room. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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