Mobile Museum of Art

Mobile, AL



American Art of the 1930s and 1940s

detail THE VENTILATOR, 1945, Arthur Osver, American (b. 1912), oil on Masonite, on loan from the Schoen Collection


In the 1930s, American art took a unique point of view independent of pioneering European developments in theme and style. These included treating, in surprising ways, social concerns and aspects of traditional American life. This continued through the 1940s. In the last fifteen years, the Mobile Museum of Art has focused much of its collecting efforts in this period. The exhibition "American Art of the 1930s and 1940s" is a representative selection from the museum's permanent collection united with complementary works especially borrowed from the Schoen Family Collection to give a diverse picture of the period. (left: detail BEACH PARTY, c. 1932, Doris Emrick Lee, American (1905-1983), oil on canvas, on loan from the Schoen Collection)

Jason Schoen has recently added to his loans a work by the Alabama artist Charles E. Shannon (1914-1996), "Street Corner in Montgomery" (1936), a purchase which set an auction record for the works by this artist.

The exhibition will remain on display on the 2nd floor balcony of the Mobile Museum of Art through November 23, 1999.

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For further biographical information on selected artists cited in this article please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

rev. 10/18/10

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