Printmaking in the 1930s: Selections from the Needles Collection


Featuring some of the most prolific artists of the first half of the twentieth century, Printmaking in the 1930s  is inspired by the Art Institute of Chicago’s 2016 exhibition, American after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s. The multifarious attitudes of the American people during this decade were reflected by the artists, who worked in wide-ranging styles that encompassed the flourishes of the Regionalists and the naturalism of social realists alike. This diversity of attitudes and opinions is echoed by the range of print media utilized by the artists, including lithography, screenprinting, woodcut, etching, and aquatint.

The exhibition includes work by well-known artists such as Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Grant Wood, and Rockwell Kent, among others. The checklist can be found here.


John Steuart Curry, John Brown, 1939, Lithograph, 18 x 13 in

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