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American Art and Design Between the Wars

Explore the history and the marketplace for art and design from a great period of innovation in American art—the 1920s and 1930s. Artists like Charles Sheeler, Charles Demuth, and Elsie Driggs combined cubism and photography to create precisionism, a uniquely American style. Thomas Hart Benton, a leading figure in regionalism, signaled a return to realism in the 1920s as representative of a larger “American scene” that focused on social issues. This period saw the growth of art deco, with its streamlined forms, which can be seen in American sculpture and decorative arts.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the artistic styles and influences in the United States on both fine and decorative arts in the 1920s and 1930s
  • Familiarity with the leading artists and designers of this time period
  • Information on how the artworks and artifacts from this time period are assessed and valued in the marketplace

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Appraisers and other arts professionals
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