1920s and 1930s
Naturalist, descriptive style
Term applied to the work of various painters who in the 1920s and 1930s depicted aspects of American life and landscape in a naturalistic, descriptive style. The term does not signify an organized movement, but rather an aspect of a broad tendency for American artists to move away from abstraction and the avant-garde in the period between the two world wars. Burchfield and Hopper are among the best known exponents of American Scene painting, and the Regionalists, who were more self-conscious in their nationalism, are also embraced by the term. [Chilvers, Ian, Harold Osborne, and Dennis Farr, eds. Oxford Dictionary Of Art. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.]
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