Millard Sheets: The Early Years (1926 – 1944)

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While still in his twenties Millard Sheets achieved national recognition for his striking portrayals of stark, everyday life in America during the Great Depression. As the leading artist of the California group of Regionalist, or 'American Scene" artists who concentrated on portraying local subject matter, Sheets exhibited widely, participating in major museum shows and capturing the notice of President Franklin Roosevelt. FDR's Public Works of Art Program championed the Regionalist painting as a patriotic style, and Sheets' many portrayals of agricultural life supported visually Roosevelt's projects focussing on aid to farmers. In addition to agricultural themes, Sheets produced powerful scenes of tenement life, particularly in Los Angeles's Spring Street area near Downtown. The many reproductions in this book are of high quality and provide a fascinating glimpse of the era's social and political climate.

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