Notebook, 1993-


American Scene Painting

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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