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{{Distinguish|socialist realism|real socialism}}{{Use dmy dates|date=October 2014}}File:Grant Wood - American Gothic - Google Art Project.jpg|thumb|right|Grant Wood's American GothicAmerican GothicSocial realism is the term used for work produced by painters, printmakers, photographers, writers and filmmakers that aims to draw attention to the real socio-political conditions of the working class as a means to critique of the power structures behind these conditions. While the movement's characteristics vary from nation to nation, it almost always utilizes a form of descriptive or critical realism.James G. Todd Jr, Social realism in: Grove Art Online Taking its roots from European Realism, Social Realism aims to reveal tensions between an oppressive, hegemonic force, and its victims.BOOK, Protest/revolutionary art in the Philippines, 1970-1990, Alice., Guillermo, 2001, University of the Philippines Press, 9715421679, Quezon City, 50184719, The term is sometimes more narrowly used for an art movement that flourished between the two World Wars as a reaction to the hardships and problems suffered by common people after the Great Crash. In order to make their art more accessible to a wider audience, artists turned to realist portrayals of anonymous workers as well as celebrities as heroic symbols of strength in the face of adversity. The goal of the artists in doing so was political as they wished to expose the deteriorating conditions of the poor and working classes and hold the existing governmental and social systems accountable.Social Realism defined at the MOMASocial realism should not be confused with socialist realism, the official Soviet art form that was institutionalized by Joseph Stalin in 1934 and was later adopted by allied Communist parties worldwide. It is also different from realism as it not only presents conditions of the poor, but does so by conveying the tensions between two opposing forces, such as between farmers and their feudal lord. However, sometimes the terms social realism and socialist realism are used interchangeably.Max Rieser, The Aesthetic Theory of Social Realism, in: The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 16, No. 2 (Dec., 1957), pp. 237-248


File:Charles de Groux - The blessing.jpg|thumb|300px|Charles de GrouxCharles de GrouxSocial realism traces back to 19th-century European Realism, including the art of Honoré Daumier, Gustave Courbet and Jean-François Millet. Britain's Industrial Revolution aroused concern for the urban poor, and in the 1870s the work of artists such as Luke Fildes, Hubert von Herkomer, Frank Holl, and William Small were widely reproduced in The Graphic.In Russia, Peredvizhniki or "Social Realism" was critical of the social environment that caused the conditions pictured, and denounced the "evil" Tsarist period. Ilya Repin said that his art work was aimed “To criticize all the monstrosities of our vile society” of the Tsarist period. Similar concerns were addressed in 20th-century Britain by the Artists' International Association, Mass Observation and the Kitchen sink school.Social realist photography draws from the documentary traditions of the late 19th century, such as the work of Jacob A. Riis, and Maksim Dmitriyev.

Ashcan school

File:Bandit's Roost by Jacob Riis.jpeg|thumb|Jacob Riis, Bandit's Roost, 1888, from How the Other Half Lives. Bandit's Roost at 59½ Mulberry Street was considered the most crime-ridden part of New York City.]]In about 1900, a group of Realist artists led by Robert Henri challenged the American Impressionism and academics, in what would become known as the Ashcan school. The term was suggested by a drawing by George Bellows, captioned Disappointments of the Ash Can, which appeared in the Philadelphia Record in April 1915.In paintings, illustrations, etchings, and lithographs, Ashcan artists concentrated on portraying New York's vitality, with a keen eye on current events and the era's social and political rhetoric. H. Barbara Weinberg of The Metropolitan Museum of Art has described the artists as documenting "an unsettling, transitional time that was marked by confidence and doubt, excitement and trepidation. Ignoring or registering only gently harsh new realities such as the problems of immigration and urban poverty, they shone a positive light on their era."WEB,weblink The Ashcan School, Weinberg, H. Barbara, Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 7 February 2013, Notable Ashcan works include George Luks’ Breaker Boy and John Sloan’s Sixth Avenue Elevated at Third Street. The Ashcan school influenced the art of the Depression era, including Thomas Hart Benton’s mural City Activity with Subway.

Art movement

The term dates on a broader scale to the Realist movement in French art during the mid-19th century. Social realism in the 20th century refers to the works of the French artist Gustave Courbet and in particular to the implications of his 19th-century paintings A Burial at Ornans and The Stone Breakers, which scandalized French Salon–goers of 1850,1850; Dresden, destroyed 1945 and is seen as an international phenomenon also traced back to European realism and the works of Honoré Daumier and Jean-François Millet.WEB,weblink The Collection {{!, MoMA|website=The Museum of Modern Art|language=en|access-date=2019-07-12}} The social realist style fell out of fashion in the 1960s but is still influential in thinking and the art of today.File:Gustave Courbet - A Burial at Ornans - Google Art Project 2.jpg|thumb|left|310px|Gustave Courbet, A Burial at OrnansA Burial at OrnansIn the more limited meaning of the term, Social Realism with roots in European Realism became an important art movement during the Great Depression in the United States in the 1930s. As an American artistic movement it is closely related to American scene painting and to Regionalism. American Social Realism includes the works of such artists as those from the Ashcan School including Edward Hopper, and Thomas Hart Benton, Will Barnet, Ben Shahn, Jacob Lawrence, Paul Meltsner, Romare Bearden, Rafael Soyer, Isaac Soyer, Moses Soyer, Reginald Marsh, John Steuart Curry, Arnold Blanch, Aaron Douglas, Grant Wood, Horace Pippin, Walt Kuhn, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Doris Lee, Philip Evergood, Mitchell Siporin, Robert Gwathmey, Adolf Dehn, Harry Sternberg, Gregorio Prestopino, Louis Lozowick, William Gropper, Philip Guston, Jack Levine, Ralph Ward Stackpole, John Augustus Walker and others. It also extends to the art of photography as exemplified by the works of Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Lewis Hine, Edward Steichen, Gordon Parks, Arthur Rothstein, Marion Post Wolcott, Doris Ulmann, Berenice Abbott, Aaron Siskind, and Russell Lee among several others.In Mexico the painter Frida Kahlo is associated with the social realism movement. Also in Mexico was the Mexican muralist movement that took place primarily in the 1920s and 1930s; and was an inspiration to many artists north of the border and an important component of the social realism movement. The Mexican muralist movement is characterized by its political undertones, the majority of which are of a Marxist nature, and the social and political situation of post-revolutionary Mexico. Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and Rufino Tamayo are the best known proponents of the movement. Santiago Martínez Delgado, Jorge González Camarena, Roberto Montenegro, Federico Cantú Garza, and Jean Charlot, as well as several other artists participated in the movement.Many artists who subscribed to social realism were painters with socialist (but not necessarily Marxist) political views. The movement therefore has some commonalities with the socialist realism used in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, but the two are not identical - social realism is not an official art, and allows space for subjectivity. In certain contexts, socialist realism has been described as a specific branch of social realism.Social realism has been summarized as follows:Social Realism developed as a reaction against idealism and the exaggerated ego encouraged by Romanticism. Consequences of the Industrial Revolution became apparent; urban centers grew, slums proliferated on a new scale contrasting with the display of wealth of the upper classes. With a new sense of social consciousness, the Social Realists pledged to “fight the beautiful art”, any style which appealed to the eye or emotions. They focused on the ugly realities of contemporary life and sympathized with working-class people, particularly the poor. They recorded what they saw (“as it existed”) in a dispassionate manner. The public was outraged by Social Realism, in part, because they didn't know how to look at it or what to do with it.WEB,weblink Social Realism, 2008-05-04,

In the United States

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Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, 1936. A portrait of Florence Owens Thompson (1903-1983).

FSA project

Social realist photography reached a culmination in the work of Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Ben Shahn, and others for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) project, from 1935 to 1943.After World War I the booming U.S. farm economy collapsed from overproduction, falling prices, unfavorable weather, and increased mechanization. Many farm laborers were out of work and many small farming operations were forced into debt. Debt-ridden farms were foreclosed by the thousands, and sharecroppers and tenant farmers were turned from the land. When Franklin D. Roosevelt entered office in 1932, almost two million farm families lived in poverty, and millions of acres of farm land had been ruined from soil erosion and poor farming practices.WEB,weblink Resettlement Administration, Gabbert, Jim, Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture, Oklahoma Historical Society, 7 February 2013, {{Dead link|date=April 2019}}The FSA was a New Deal agency designed to combat rural poverty during this period. The agency hired photographers to provide visual evidence that there was a need, and that FSA programs were meeting that need. Ultimately this mission accounted for over 80,000 black and white images, and is now considered one of the most famous documentary photography projects ever.WEB,weblink Farm Security Administration Photography, Gorman, Juliet, Jukin' It Out: Contested Visions of Florida in New Deal Narratives, Oberlin College & Conservatory, 7 February 2013,

WPA and Treasury art projects

The Public Works of Art Project was a program to employ artists during the Great Depression. It was the first such program, running from December 1933 to June 1934. It was headed by Edward Bruce, under the United States Treasury Department and funded by the Civil Works Administration.WEB,weblink History of the New Deal Art Projects, - New Deal Art During the Great Depression, 29 July 2005, Created in 1935, the Works Progress Administration was the largest and most ambitious New Deal agency, employing millions of unemployed people (mostly unskilled men) to carry out public works projects,Eric Arnesen, ed. Encyclopedia of U.S. Labor and Working-Class History (2007) vol. 1 p. 1540 including the construction of public buildings and roads. In much smaller but more famous projects the WPA employed musicians, artists, writers, actors and directors in large arts, drama, media, and literacy projects. Many of the artists employed under the WPA are associated with Social Realism. Social Realism became an important art movement during the Great Depression in the United States in the 1930s. As an American artistic movement encouraged by New Deal art Social realism is closely related to American scene painting and to Regionalism.In Mexico the painter Frida Kahlo is associated with the social realism movement. Also in Mexico was the Mexican muralist movement that took place primarily in the 1920s and 1930s; and was an inspiration to many artists north of the border and an important component of the social realism movement. The Mexican muralist movement is characterized by its political undertones, the majority of which are of a Marxist nature, and the social and political situation of post-revolutionary Mexico. Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, José Clemente Orozco, and Rufino Tamayo are the best known proponents of the movement. Santiago Martínez Delgado, Jorge González Camarena, Roberto Montenegro, Federico Cantú Garza, and Jean Charlot, as well as several other artists participated in the movement.Many artists who subscribed to Social Realism were painters with socialist (but not necessarily Marxist) political views. The movement therefore has some commonalities with the Socialist Realism used in the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, but the two are not identical - Social Realism is not an official art, and allows space for subjectivity. In certain contexts, Socialist Realism has been described as a specific branch of Social Realism.

World-War II to present

With the onset of Abstract Expressionism in the 1940s, Social Realism had gone out of fashion.WEB,weblink Raphael Soyer {{!, artnet||access-date=2019-02-12}} Several WPA artists found work with the United States Office of War Information during WWII, making posters and other visual materials for the war effort.WEB,weblink Getting the Message Out, 2016-08-15, National Archives, en, 2019-02-12, After the war, although lacking attention in the art market, many social realist artists continued their careers into the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and into the 2000s; throughout which, artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Ben Shahn, Bernarda Bryson Shahn, Raphael Soyer, Robert Gwathmey, Antonio Frasconi, Philip Evergood, Sidney Goodman, and Aaron Berkman continued to work with social realist modalities and themes.WEB,weblink Social Realism - Concepts & Styles, The Art Story, 2019-02-12, Although often fluctuating in and out of fashion, social realism and socially conscious art making never died out and continues today within the contemporary art world, including artists Sue Coe, Mike Alewitz, Kara Walker, Celeste Dupuy Spencer, Allan Sekula, Fred Lonidier, and others.


Image:People-of-Chilmark-Benton-1920-lrg.jpg|Thomas Hart Benton, People of Chilmark, 1920, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.File:Coit Mural Agriculture.jpg|Maxine Albro, California (mural), 1934, Coit Tower, San FranciscoFile:Floyd Burroughs sharecropper.jpg|Walker Evans, Floyd Burroughs, Alabama cotton Sharecropper, Hale County, Alabama, c. 1935-1936, photographImage:Sacco-Vanzetti-01.jpg|Ben Shahn, Detail of The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti (1967, mosaic), Syracuse University, Syracuse, NYFile:Allie Mae Burroughs print.jpg|Walker Evans, Allie Mae Burroughs, Wife of a Cotton Sharecropper, Hale County, Alabama, c. 1935-1936, photographFile:Farmer walking in dust storm Cimarron County Oklahoma2.jpg|Arthur Rothstein, A Farmer and His Two Sons During a Dust Storm, Cimarron County, Oklahoma, 1936, photograph considered as an icon of the Dust BowlImage:Mural Feria Chicago 1933.jpg|Santiago Martinez Delgado, mural for the 1933 Chicago International FairImage:Orozco Mural Omniciencia 1925 Azulejos.jpg|José Orozco, detail of mural Omnisciencia, 1925File:Palacio de Bellas Artes - Mural El Hombre in cruce de caminos Rivera 3.jpg|Diego Rivera, Recreation of Man at the Crossroads (renamed Man, Controller of the Universe), originally created in 1934File:Miner at the Exit of the Shaft.jpg|Constantin Meunier, Miner at the Exit of the Shaft, 1880s, Meunier Museum, BrusselsImage:Eugène Laermans - Landverhuizers (KMSKA) (center panel - Laatste blik).jpg|Eugène Laermans, Emigrants, central panel, 1896, Royal Museum of Fine Arts AntwerpFile:Van-willem-vincent-gogh-die-kartoffelesser-03850.jpg|Vincent van Gogh, The Potato Eaters

In Latin America

Artists worldwide have employed social realist themes as response to social, economic and political issues. Social realism in the United States was inspired by the muralists active in Mexico after the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The largely propagandizing murals emphasized a revolutionary spirit and a pride in the traditions of the indigenous peoples of Mexico, and included Diego Rivera’s History of Mexico from the Conquest to the Future, José Clemente Orozco's Catharsis, and David Alfaro Siqueiros’s The Strike. These murals also encouraged social realism in other Latin American countries, from Ecuador (Oswaldo Guayasamín's The Strike) to Brazil (Cândido Portinari's Coffee).

In Europe

In Belgium, early representatives of social realism are to be found in the work of 19th century artists such as Constantin Meunier and Charles de Groux.Constantin Meunier at the BritannicaBOOK, David Ethan Stark, Charles de Groux and Social Realism in Belgian Painting, 1848-1875,weblink 1979, Ohio State University., In Britain artists such as the American James Abbot McNeill Whistler, as well as English artists Hubert von Herkomer and Luke Fildes had great success with realist paintings dealing with social issues and depictions of the "real" world. Artists in Western Europe also embraced social realism in the early 20th century, including German artists Käthe Kollwitz (Raped Woman), George Grosz (Teutonic Day), Otto Dix, and Max Beckmann; and Swedish artist Torsten Billman; and Dutch artists Charley Toorop (The Friends’ Meal) and Pyke Koch; and French artists Maurice de Vlaminck, Roger de La Fresnaye, Jean Fautrier, and Francis Gruber and Belgian artists Eugène Laermans and Constant Permeke.BOOK, Jeff Adams, Documentary Graphic Novels and Social Realism,weblink 2008, Peter Lang, 978-3-03911-362-0, 34–, BOOK, James Fitzsimmons, Jim Fitzsimmons, Art International,weblink 1971, J. Fitzsimmons, The political polarization of the period blurred social realism's distinction from Socialist realism, and by the mid-20th century the movement had become overshadowed by abstract art in both Western Europe and the United States.


Realism, a style of painting that depicts the actuality of what the eyes can see, was a very popular art form in France around the mid- to late-19th century. It came about with the introduction of photography - a new visual source that created a desire for people to produce things that look “objectively real”. Realism was heavily against romanticism, a genre dominating French literature and artwork in the mid-19th century. Undistorted by personal bias, Realism believed in the ideology of external reality and revolted against exaggerated emotionalism. Truth and accuracy became the goals of many realists as Gustave Courbet.

Russia and the Soviet Union

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The French Realist movement had equivalents in all other Western countries, developing somewhat later. In particular, the Peredvizhniki or Wanderers group in Russia who formed in the 1860s and organized exhibitions from 1871 included many realists such as Ilya Repin and had a great influence on Russian art.From that important trend came the development of Socialist Realism, which was to dominate Soviet culture and artistic expression for over 60 years. Socialist Realism, representing socialist ideologies, was an art movement that represented social and political contemporary life in the 1930s, from a left-wing standpoint. It depicted subjects of social concern; the proletariat struggle - hardships of everyday life that the working class had to put up with, and heroically emphasized the values of the loyal communist workers.The ideology behind Social Realism by depicting the heroism of the working class was to promote and spark revolutionary actions and to spread the image of optimism and the importance of productiveness. Keeping people optimistic meant creating a sense of patriotism, which would prove very important in the struggle to produce a successful socialist nation. The Unions Newspaper, the Literaturnaya Gazeta, described Social Realism as “the representation of the proletarian revolution”. During Joseph Stalin’s reign, it was most important to use socialist Realism as a form of propaganda in posters, as it kept people optimistic and encourage greater productive effort, a necessity in his aim of developing Russia into an industrialized nation.File:Brodski lenin.jpg|thumb|left|300px|Lenin in Smolny, Isaak BrodskyIsaak BrodskyVladimir Lenin believed that art should belong to the people and should stand on the side of the proletariat. “Art should be based on their feelings, thoughts, and demands, and should grow along with them,” said Lenin. He believed that all Soviet art forms should “expose crimes of capitalism and praise socialism...created to inspire readers and viewers to stand up for the revolution”. After the revolution of 1917 leaders of the newly formed communist party was encouraging experimentation of different art types. Lenin believed that the style of art the USSR should endorse would have to be easy to understand (ruling out abstract art such as suprematism and constructivism) so to be understood by the masses of illiterate people in Russia.John Gordon Garrard, Carol Garrard, Inside the Soviet Writers' Union, I.B.Tauris, 1990, p. 23, {{ISBN|1850432600}}Karl Ruhrberg, Klaus Honnef, Manfred Schneckenburger, Christiane Fricke, Art of the 20th Century, Part 1, Taschen, 2000, p. 161, {{ISBN|3822859079}}Solomon Volkov, The Magical Chorus, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008, p. 68, {{ISBN|0307268772}}A wide-ranging debate on art took place, the main disagreement was between those who believed in "Proletarian Art" which should have no connections with past art coming out of bourgeois society, and those (most vociferously Leon Trotsky) who believed that art in a society dominated by working-class values had to absorb all the lessons of bourgeois Art before it could move forward at all.The taking of power by Joseph Stalin's faction had its corollary in the establishment of an official art: on 23 April 1932, headed by Stalin, an organization formed by the central committee of the Communist Party developed the Union of Soviet Writers. This organization endorsed the newly designated ideology of social realism.By 1934 all other independent art groups were abolished, making it nearly impossible for someone not involved in the Union of Soviet Writers to get work published. Any literary piece or painting that did not endorse the ideology of social realism was censored and/or banned. This new art movement, introduced under Joseph Stalin, was one of the most practical and durable artistic approaches of the 20th century. With the communist revolution came also a cultural revolution. It also gave Stalin and his Communist Party greater control over Soviet culture and restricted people from expressing alternative geopolitical ideologies that differed to those represented in Socialist Realism. The decline of Social Realism came with fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

In film

Social Realism in cinema found its roots in Italian neorealism, the films of Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, and to some extent Federico Fellini.Hallam, Julia, and Marshment, Margaret. Realism and Popular Cinema. Inside popular film. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000.

In British cinema

Early British cinema used the common social interaction found in the literary works of Charles Dickens and Thomas Hardy.WEB,weblink Social Realism, Armstrong, Richard, BFI Screen Online, 4 February 2013, One of the first British films to emphasize realism's value as a social protest was James Williamson's A Reservist Before the War, and After the War in 1902. The film memorialized Boer War serviceman coming back home to unemployment. Repressive censorship during 1945-54 prevented British films from more radical social positions.After World War I, the British middle-class generally responded to realism and restraint in cinema while the working-class generally favored Hollywood genre movies. Thus realism carried connotations of education and high seriousness. These social and aesthetic distinctions have become running themes; Social Realism is now associated with the arthouse auteur, while mainstream Hollywood films are shown at the multiplex.Producer Michael Balcon revived this distinction in the 1940s, referring to the British industry's rivalry with Hollywood in terms of "realism and tinsel." Balcon, the head of Ealing Studios, became a key figure in the emergence of a national cinema characterized by stoicism and verisimilitude. "Combining the objective temper and aesthetics of the documentary movement with the stars and resources of studio filmmaking, 1940s British cinema made a stirring appeal to a mass audience," noted critic Richard Armstrong.Social Realism in cinema was reflecting Britain's transforming wartime society. Women were working alongside men in the military and its munitions factories, challenging pre-assigned gender roles. Rationing, air raids and unprecedented state intervention in the life of the individual encouraged a more social philosophy and worldview. Social realist films of the era include Target for Tonight (1941), In Which We Serve (1942), Millions Like Us (1943), and This Happy Breed (1944). Historian Roger Manvell wrote, "As the cinemas [closed initially because of the fear of air raids] reopened, the public flooded in, searching for relief from hard work, companionship, release from tension, emotional indulgence and, where they could find them, some reaffirmation of the values of humanity."In the postwar period, films like Passport to Pimlico (1949), The Blue Lamp (1949), and The Titfield Thunderbolt (1952) reiterated gentle patrician values, creating a tension between the camaraderie of the war years and the burgeoning consumer society.A British New Wave movement emerged in the 1950s and 1960s. British auteurs like Karel Reisz, Tony Richardson, and John Schlesinger brought wide shots and plain speaking to stories of ordinary Britons negotiating postwar social structures. British New Wave films include Room at the Top (1958), Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962), and A Kind of Loving (1962).WEB,weblink FREE CINEMA (BRITISH SOCIAL REALISM) – Movie List, MUBI, en, 2019-07-12, Relaxation of censorship enabled film makers to portray issues such as prostitution, abortion, homosexuality, and alienation. Characters included factory workers, office underlings, dissatisfied wives, pregnant girlfriends, runaways, the marginalized, the poor, and the depressed. "The New Wave protagonist was usually a working-class male without bearings in a society in which traditional industries and the cultures that went with them were in decline."Mike Leigh and Ken Loach also make contemporary social realist films.WEB,weblink British Realism, The Criterion Collection, en, 2019-07-12,

In Indian cinema

Social realism was also adopted by Hindi films of the 1940s and 1950s, including Chetan Anand's Neecha Nagar (1946), which won the Palme d'Or at the first Cannes Film Festival, and Bimal Roy's Two Acres of Land (1953), which won the International Prize at the 1954 Cannes Film Festival. The success of these films gave rise to the Indian New Wave, with early Bengali art films such as Ritwik Ghatak's Nagarik (1952) and Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy (1955–59). Realism in Indian cinema dates back to the 1920s and 1930s, with early examples including V. Shantaram's films Indian Shylock (1925) and The Unaccpected (1937).JOURNAL, Banerjee, Santanu, Neo Realism in Indian Cinema,weblink en,

List of artists

The following incomplete list of artists have been associated with Social Realism:{| class="wikitable"! Artist !! Nationality !! Field(s) !! Years active
Berenice Abbott>Abbot, Berenice American photography 1923–1991
Chetan Anand (director)>Anand, Chetan Indian film 1944–1997
Will Barnet>Barnet, Will American painting, illustration, printmaking 1930–2012
Romare Bearden>Bearden, Romare American painting 1936–1988
Max Beckmann>Beckmann, Max German painting, printmaking, sculpture unknown–1950
George Bellows>Bellows, George American painting, illustration 1906–1925
Thomas Hart Benton (painter)>Benton, Thomas Hart American painting 1907–1975
Torsten Billman>Billman, Torsten Swedish printmaking, illustration, painting 1930–1988
Isabel Bishop>Bishop, Isabel American painting, graphic design 1918–1988
Arnold Blanch>Blanch, Arnold American painting, etching, illustration, printmaking 1923–1968
Alexander Bogen>Bogen, Alexander Polish/ Israeli painting, etching, illustration, printmaking 1916–2010
Margaret Bourke-White>Bourke-White, Margaret American photography 1920s–1971
Lino Brocka>Brocka, Lino FilipinoFilm1970–1991
Paul Cadmus>Cadmus, Paul American painting, illustration 1934–1999
Jorge González Camarena>Camarena, Jorge González Mexican painting, sculpture 1929–1980
Joan Castejón>Castejón, Joan Spanish painting, sculpture, illustration 1945–present
Jean Charlot>Charlot, Jean French painting, illustration 1921–1979
John Steuart Curry>Curry, John Steuart American painting 1921–1946
Adolf Dehn>Dehn, Adolf American lithography, painting, printmaking 1920s–1968
Santiago Martínez Delgado>Delgado, Santiago Martínez Columbian painting, sculpture, illustration 1925–1954
Roger de La Fresnaye>de la Fresnaye, Roger French painting 1912–1925
Maurice de Vlaminck>de Vlaminck, Maurice French painting 1893–1958
Otto Dix>Dix, Otto German painting, printmaking 1910–1969
Aaron Douglas>Douglas, Aaron American painting 1925–1979
Walker Evans>Evans, Walker American photography 1928–1975
Philip Evergood>Evergood, Philip American painting, sculpture, printmaking 1926–1973
Jean Fautrier>Fautrier, Jean French painting, sculpture 1922–1964
Federico Cantú Garza>Garza, Federico Cantú Mexican painting, engraving, sculpture 1929–1989
Ritwik Ghatak>Ghatak, Ritwik Indian film, theatre 1948–1976
William Gropper>Gropper, William American lithography, painting, illustration 1915–1977
George Grosz>Grosz, George German painting, illustration 1909–1959
Francis Gruber>Gruber, Francis French painting 1930–1948
Oswaldo Guayasamín>Guayasamín, Oswaldo Ecuadorian painting, sculpture 1942–1999
Philip Guston>Guston, Philip American painting, printmaking 1927–1980
Robert Gwathmey>Gwathmey, Robert American painting unknown–1988
Robert Henri>Henri, Robert American painting 1883–1929
Lewis Hine>Hine, Lewis American photography 1904–1940
Joseph Hirsch>Hirsch, Joseph American painting, illustration, printmaking 1933-1981
Edward Hopper>Hopper, Edward American painting, printmaking 1895–1967
Frida Kahlo>Kahlo, Frida Mexican painting 1925–1954
Pyke Koch>Koch, Pyke Dutch painting 1927–1991
Käthe Kollwitz>Kollwitz, Käthe German painting, sculpture, printmaking 1890–1945
Walt Kuhn>Kuhn, Walt American painting, illustration 1892–1939
Joel Lamangan>Lamangan, Joel FilipinoFilm, Television, Theater1991–present
Dorothea Lange>Lange, Dorothea American photography 1918–1965
Jacob Lawrence>Lawrence, Jacob American painting 1931–2000
Doris Lee>Lee, Doris American painting, printmaking 1935–1983
Russell Lee (photographer)>Lee, Russell American photography 1936–1986
Jack Levine>Levine, Jack American painting, printmaking 1932–2010
Louis Lozowick>Lozowick, Louis American painting, printmaking 1926–1973
George Luks>Luks, George American painting, illustration 1893–1933
Reginald Marsh (artist)>Marsh, Reginald American painting 1922–1954
Paul Meltsner>Meltsner, Paul American painting 1913–1966
Roberto Montenegro>Montenegro, Roberto Mexican painting, illustration 1906–1968
Jerome Myers>Myers, Jerome American painting, drawing, etching, illustration 1867–1940
José Clemente Orozco>Orozco, José Clemente Mexican painting 1922–1949
Mario O'Hara>O'Hara Mario FilipinoFilm 1976–2012
Gordon Parks>Parks, Gordon American photography, film 1937–2006
Horace Pippin>Pippin, Horace American painting 1930–1946
Candido Portinari>Portinari, Candido Brazilian painting 1928–1962
Gregorio Prestopino>Prestopino, Gregorio American painting 1930s–1984
Satyajit Ray>Ray, Satyajit Indian film 1947–1992
Karel Reisz>Reisz, Karel British film 1955–1990
Tony Richardson>Richardson, Tony British film 1955–1991
Diego Rivera>Rivera, Diego Mexican painting 1922–1957
Arthur Rothstein>Rothstein, Arthur American photography 1934–1985
Bimal Roy>Roy, Bimal Indian film 1935–1966
John Schlesinger>Schlesinger, John British film 1956–1991
Ben Shahn>Shahn, Ben American painting, illustration, graphic art, photography 1932–1969
Mitchell Siporin>Siporin, Mitchell American painting unknown–1976
David Alfaro Siqueiros>Siqueiros, David Alfaro Mexican painting 1932–1974
Aaron Siskind>Siskind, Aaron American photography 1930s–1991
John French Sloan>Sloan, John French American painting 1890–1951
Isaac Soyer>Soyer, Isaac American painting 1930s–1981
Moses Soyer>Soyer, Moses American painting 1926–1974
Raphael Soyer>Soyer, Raphael American painting, illustration, printmaking 1930–1987
Ralph Stackpole>Stackpole, Ralph American sculpture, painting 1910–1973
Edward Steichen>Steichen, Edward American photography, painting 1894–1973
Harry Sternberg>Sternberg, Harry American painting, printmaking 1926–2001
Rufino Tamayo>Tamayo, Rufino Mexican painting, illustration 1917–1991
Charley Toorop>Toorop, Charley Dutch painting, lithography 1916–1955
Doris Ulmann>Ulmann, Doris American photography 1918–1934
John Augustus Walker>Walker, John Augustus American painting 1926–1967
James Williamson (film pioneer)>Williamson, James British film 1901–1933
John Woodrow Wilson >| 1945-2001
Marion Post Wolcott>Wolcott, Marion Post American photography 1930s–1944
Martin Wong>Wong, Martin American painting 1946–1999
Grant Wood>Wood, Grant American painting 1913–1942

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