History of Art 5632 - THE PAINTING OF MODERN LIFE IN AMERICA, 1900-1941

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THE PAINTING OF MODERN LIFE IN AMERICA, 1900-1941
Professor Jody Patterson

This course will examine the emergence and development of American art from 1900 to entry into World
War II. Beginning with the early realist formulations of the Ashcan School, we will explore “the painting
of modern life” in the United States, with special attention to the contributions of Columbus-native George Bellow (1882-1925), who was a student at OSU (1901-1904) and one of the most acclaimed American artists of his generation. We will then explore the Stieglitz Circle, American Dadaists, and the Machine Age aesthetics of Precisionism. This will be followed by an analysis of the influence of Mexican Muralism in the US; the competing politics and visual strategies of Social Realism, Regionalism, and Abstraction as responses to the Great Depression; and the epochal shift to state patronage and public art ushered in with the WPA Federal Art Projects of the New Deal era.
SPRING 2020
Class #
UG: 33287 | G: 33286
TUE & THUR 12:45 - 2:05