America After the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

Royal Academy of Arts
Until June 04
An exhibition exploring American art in the decade that followed the Wall Street Crash, has opened at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Thomas Hart Benton, Cotton Pickers, 1945, (c) Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/VAGA, NY/DACS, London 2016
“America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s” chronicles the decade following one of the most turbulent times in USA history.

Works representative of the social hardship and uncertain economic times, are on display across several sections – each focusing on differing aspects of this incredibly redefining time in American history, these include:

“Industrial Life” which examines manufacturing and labour in factories and warehouses. Section “Looking at the Past” addresses how artists looked back into America’s history for inspiration.

Although the exhibition centres mainly on the hardships encountered during the Great Depression, the manner in which America began to recover is also tackled in “Looking to the future”.

"America after the Fall" includes well-known works by Georgia O’Keefe, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock and Alice Neel. Another noteworthy highlight is Grant Wood’s “American Gothic”. It's the first time that this iconic image has left North America in over eighty years.


Royal Academy of Arts , Burlington House, London
Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Green Park
Opening hours:
Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-10pm
Entry fee:
Adults: £12. Concessions available. Under 16s: Free
February 25 - June 04


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