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American Scene Painting

America, 1931-1940


American Scene Painting is a general term encompassing the mainstream realist and antimodernist style of painting popular in the United States during the Great Depression. A reaction against the European Modernism, it was seen as an attempt to define a uniquely American style of art.

The American Scene basically consisted of two main schools, the rurally-oriented Regionalism, and the urban and political Social Realism.

A few artists escaped being closely associated with either the Regionalist or Social Realist camps, including Charles Burchfield and Edward Hopper.
        

 
 
 




 
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