Wednesday, December 7, 2016

WPA Adonis

In 1935 the WPA (Works Progress Administration) was formed by the Federal government to commision out of work artists to create works of art such as murals and sculptures for public buildings and spaces, icluding schools, post offices and other government buildings.
During its years of operation, the government-funded Federal Art Project of the WPA hired hundreds of artists who collectively created more than 100,000 paintings and murals and over 18,000 sculptures. The Project was part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal during the Great Depression (1929-1943). Some of the 20th century's greatest visual artists were employed by the Project under the auspices of the WPA, before going on to create Abstract Expressionist artworks in the post-World War II era. Some of those artists were Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Lee Krasner, Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorky, Philip Guston, Thomas Hart Benton and Stuart Davis. 

Here we have a large ceramic sculpture of a falling male nude, very much in the Art Deco  style of the WPA. Although unsigned we feel this is an American piece from the late 30s to early 40s.
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