Charles Green Shaw (1892-1974) Wrigley’s, 1937 USA, Art Institute of Chicago © The Art Institute of Chicago

American Painting in the 1930’s

The 1930s were decisive in more ways than one for the emerging modern art scene in the United States, at a particularly complex moment in its history when there could be no cut-and-dried definition of American modern art.

From abstraction to “social” realism, the aesthetic worlds of painters like Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, or Edward Hopper operated side by side and confronted each other in the same creative centers.

Mounted jointly with the Art Institute of Chicago, the exhibition features a set of fifty to sixty works taken from prestigious American public collections (Art Institute in Chicago, the Whitney Museum, the MoMA in New York…) and private collections, the diversity of which reflects the richness of pre-World War II.

Laurence des Cars, General Curator, Director of the Musée de l’Orangerie
Judith Barter, Field McCormick Curator of American Arts at The Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibition also presented in:
Chicago, Art Institute, from June 5 to September 9, 2016
London, Royal Academy, from February, 25 to June 4, 2017

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