Introduction
Thomas Hart Benton
Stuart Davis
Ben Shahn
John Steuart Curry

Grant Wood


Comedy, 1934- A college of some of Curry's "outcasts" from midwestern (and general American) society.
 
Kansas Cornfield, 1933- Curry could often find beauty in the most simple of images in the midwest.
 

Kansas Pastoral: Planter's Family,
1937-42- A peaceful image of midwestern life, symbolizing here the family tradition that came out of htis place, as opposed to the land he celebrates in some of his other works.

 
The Flying Codonas. 1932 - One of Curry's many celebrations of circus performers.
 
Hogs Killing a Snake, 1930 - A representation of the order of nature. Notice the pairing of the soft background images and colors with the violent forground images.
 
John Brown, 1939 - A famous painting of the American abolitionist.
 
The Mississippi, 1935- A famous Curry work, showing both a historical moment as well as Curry's own fascination with images of man vs. nature.
 
Tragic Prelude-The Plainsman, 1937-42 - The warm tones of this work show the calm after battle: here, man has emerged victorious and rather stoic after his most recent battle with nature, the buffalo.
 
Self-Portrait, 1937 - One of a few self-portraits of Curry himself.
 
Spring Shower, 1931 - Man finds his place in the midwest. The barn and farm could be viewed as intrusive, or as peacefully and naturally part of the landscape.