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Regionalist Renaissance

May 2, 2024


Are we entering a Regionalist Renaissance?

With the onset of World Wars and Great Depression, America was undergoing significant changes and a reshaping of its national identity.

rtists began cultivating a new visual language, one capable of addressing a nation comprised of complexities.

This new aesthetic sensibility was underscored by empathy. It documented the shifting socio-political climate of the early 20th Century with sensitivity and beauty.

We now call this artistic movement American Regionalism.

The work of the Regionalists shifted away from the glamour of the coasts, and brought the national focus to the interior of the country. These artists prioritized storytelling, highlighting real scenes from real life, which were always explored through the distinct lens and hand of the artist.

Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry are arguably the most famous Regionalists… but recently we’ve witnessed increased interest for other artists in the movement. Institutions are revisiting the careers of lesser known Regionalists including Wanda Gág, Roger Medearis, Carl Krafft, and of course Robert Tindall.

Why the Resurgence of Regionalism?

If we had to guess… it could be due to the value the Regionalists placed on fostering unique perspectives, stories, and narratives. These cultural values mirror our own. Or maybe the subtle impact of Impressionism; the vibrating strokes and colors of the previous aesthetic movement lay the basis for Regionalist’s depictions of rolling Midwestern hillsides, still-lifes, and portraits. Many kinds of viewers can relate to these works, both stylistically and thematically, allowing Regionalism to appeal to a broad audience existing generations after its foundation.

We are delighted to highlight our prolific collection of American Regionalist works, cultivated over 60 years. All works featured are available exclusively at Kodner Gallery. Artists include Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Robert Tindall, and Carl Krafft.

John Steuart Curry (American, 1880-1931)
Wisconsin Twilightc. 1934
Mixed Media including Graphite, Charcoal, and Pastel on Wove Paper
29 x 36.5 inches
Signed Lower Left
Available for Purchase
Carl Krafft (American, 1884-1938)
Oil on Board
16 x 21 inches
Available for Purchase
Robert Tindall (American, 1913-1983)
Egg Tempura with Resin-Oil Glazes
13.5 x 11.5 inches
Signed Lower Right
Available for Purchase
Carl Krafft (American, 1884-1938)
Winter Mill
Oil on Canvas
38 x 40 inches
Signed Lower Right
Available for Purchase
Robert Tindall (American, 1913-1983)
Hail & Farewell, 1937
Oil on Canvas
16 x 20 inches
Signed and Dated Lower Right
Available for Purchase
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