2. SOCIAL REALISM; 1930's
FAP (Federal Art Project) was designed to promote the idea of a unified and positive
American spirit during the Depression period. Baker's mural pictures the early history
and industry of South County through a scene featuring fertile land, productive activities,
and muscular laborers. All these representations emphasize the reward and value of
hard work, which was deemed crucial to putting an end to economic hardship.
Ernest Hamlin Baker's The Activities of the Narragansett Planter
4. American Scene painters, a humble, anti-modernist
style and a desire to depict everydaylife.
The midnight run of Paul Revere, 1931
American Scene Painters or Regionalist
Amercan Gothic, 1930