This sparely executed lithograph depicts, from left to right, a young boy, an aged man in a hat, and an aged woman in a shawl looking at the food on display in a shop window, bananas, cheese, sausage, and wine, among other items.
In the years following World War I in Germany, many poorer and middle income people, who had already suffered deprivation during the war, struggled for basic subsistence in a time of deep economic crisis, with runaway inflation and growing class differences. The more wealthy managed to stay well off, and this piece highlights both the deprivation of the poor and the highly visible socio-economic inequality that meant that others had plenty.
Multiple color screenprint of an abstracted industrial landscape. In the foreground is a small strip of land, and in the middle ground are buildings of various geometric shapes and sizes. In the background, the rooflines of the buildings start to blend in and emerge from the cloudy sky.
According to Mark Rawlinson's book, Charles Sheeler: Modernism, Precisionism and the Borders of Abstraction, Sheeler's work after 1943 was thought to return to a simplified realism that he pursued in his early career. Sheeler began to consistently rework old themes, a trend that many critics saw as a decline in his talent. During this later period in his work, Sheeler would sift through various images and forms that he already knew and produce new and sometimes awkward compositions through a layering and combining of this past content. The layering of this work by Sheeler demonstrates a possible combining of various architectural forms he had worked with in the past.
A vase with flowers sits before a window, between two books that lie on a table, and framed by open red curtains. The landscape outside the window shows a blue cloud sky above a body of water.
One of the many paintings mixing elements of still life and landscape that Hartley did after returning to his home state of Maine in the thirties. He was fascinated with the land and lives of New England in his later years, and his works show a mix of European modernism and American regionalism.
Painting of landscape scene with blue sky and green field. Mountains and three houses in background in the upper-left quadrant. Grove with orange trees in center. Two men fishing along the banks of a stream in the lower right foreground.
In this painting, David Courlander, a noted self-taught Primitive artist, depicts a rural outdoor scene comprised of an orange grove with houses and mountains in the distance, and two men at leisure fishing along the banks of a stream in the foreground; rendered in an unrefined color palette in mainly greens, blues, reds, and white.