American Art 1930-1940. The United States Faces World Crisis. The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself. --FDR’s first inaugural address, 1933. The Roaring 20s. Women gain right to vote (1920) Prohibition (1920) Lenin’s death (1924) Lindbergh flies across Atlantic (1927)
The United States Faces
I asked a group of [homeless men] to come to my studio to pose for a painting, which I eventually called Transients…It was amazing. They were all sitting there and I thought to myself that I have created my own mission house.
I think that is the reason why dictatorships fear artists. They fear them because they fear free criticism. They rightly believe that if the forces represented by the artist are allowed to exercise their will, they will disrupt the Fascist regime.--- Lewis Mumford, noted urban historian and outspoken critic of Totalitarianism