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America After the Fall

Royal Academy of Arts, London

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Painting in the 1930s

45 iconic works paint a portrait of one of America’s most transformative decades – the 1930s. In the devastating wake of the Wall Street Crash, artists sought to capture the changes in urbanisation, industrialisation and immigration that pulsed across the country, resulting in one of the most vital periods for American artists in the 20th century. These are works which have rarely been seen together, by artists ranging from Jackson Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe and Edward Hopper to Thomas Hart Benton, Philip Guston and more. Perhaps the most celebrated work of them all, Grant Wood’s iconic American Gothic (1930), has never left North American shores before. Find out more about the ‘America After the Fall’ exhibition from the RA’s website.

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Cow's Skull with Calico Roses (1931), Georgia O'Keeffe. Photo: Alfred Stieglitz Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago / © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum / DACS 2016

Cow’s Skull with Calico Roses (1931), Georgia O’Keeffe. Photo: Alfred Stieglitz Collection, The Art Institute of Chicago / © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / DACS 2016

American Gothic (1930), Grant Wood. The Art Institute of Chicago

American Gothic (1930), Grant Wood. The Art Institute of Chicago

Bombardment (1937), Philip Guston. © The Estate of Philip Guston

Bombardment (1937), Philip Guston. © The Estate of Philip Guston

Gas (1940), Edward Hopper. Photo © 2016. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence

Gas (1940), Edward Hopper. Photo © 2016. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York/Scala, Florence

Cotton Pickers (1945), Thomas Hart Benton. © Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/VAGA, NY/DACS, London

Cotton Pickers (1945), Thomas Hart Benton. © Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/VAGA, NY/DACS, London

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