New Deal Art.
During the depths of the Great Depression of the 1930s and into the early years of World War II, the Federal government supported the arts in unprecedented ways. For 11 years, between 1933 and 1943, federal tax dollars employed artists, musicians, actors, writers, photographers, and dancers. Never before or since has our government so extensively sponsored the arts.
History of Southern IllinoisBy Paul Kelpe, Illinois Federal Art Project, WPA, ca. 1935-39 Gouache
"Church in shacktown community. It is used by different sects, including Pentecostal. The curtains are made of flour sacks. . . . Near Modesto, Stanislaus County, California, May 10, 1940"By Dorothea Lange, Bureau of Agricultural Economics
Michigan artist Alfred Castagne sketching WPA construction workersBy an unknown photographer, May 19, 1939
Painting depicting the activities of the National Youth AdministrationBy Alden Krider, Kansas National Youth Administration, 1936, Oil on canvas
"C.C.C. A Young Man's Opportunity for Work Play Study & Health"By Albert Bender, Chicago Federal Art Project, WPA, ca. 1935SilkscreenYears of DustBy Ben Shahn, Resettlement Administration, 1937, Photolithograph
Lest We ForgetBy Ben Shahn, Resettlement Administration, 1937Gouache and watercolor in bound volume
"Children in a democracy. A migratory family living in a trailer in an open field. No sanitation, no water. They come from Amarillo, Texas."By Dorothea Lange, Bureau of Agricultural Economics, November 1940
From the "One-Third of a Nation" series, New York CityBy Arnold Eagle and David Robbins,New York City Federal Art Project, May to August 1938
Mine RescueBy Fletcher Martin, Treasury Section of Fine Arts, 1939Tempera on panel