Depression Era Art:The American Scene
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Depression Era Art
American Scene
Social Realism
American Worker
Modern Sensibility
Stolen Moments
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Double Exposure
Keeping Us in Stitches
Matter of Style
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Autumn in Illinois


Chicago Towers 



Rural Scene 

Outskirts of Galena


Sunday on the Farm

  Some Illinois WPA artists interpreted the theme The American Scene by creating landscapes and cityscapes about life on farms, in small towns, and in large cities. Some artists were looking back with nostalgia at rural life, while others depicted a more realistic view of farms in crisis.


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