Musée d'Orsay: American Painting in the 1930's

American Painting in the 1930's

The Age of Anxiety

Grant WoodAmerican Gothic© The Art Institute of Chicago
The 1930s were decisive in more ways than one for a modern art scene coming to the fore in the United States, at a particularly complex moment in its history when there could be no cut-and-dried definition of American modern art.

From abstraction to "socialist" realism, the esthetic worlds of painters like Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe, or Edward Hopper operated side by side, confronting each other in the same creative centers.

Mounted jointly with the Art Institute of Chicago, this exhibition will feature a set of fifty to sixty pictures taken from prestigious American public collections (Art Institute in Chicago, the Whitney Museum or the Museum of Modern Art in New York...) and also private collections, whose diversity reflects the great richness of this pre-World War II period.


Laurence des Cars, General curator, Director of the Musée de l'Orangerie
Judith Barter, Field McCormick Curator of American Arts at The Art Institute of Chicago

Exhibition also presented in: Chicago, Art Institute, from 5 June to 9 September 2016
London, Royal Academy, from 25 February to 4 June 2017

With the generous support of the Terra Foundation for American Art and of Hoche Société d'Avocats

12 October 2016 - 30 January 2017

Paris, Musée national de l'Orangerie

Exceptional late opening
Until 9pm
Friday 23 and 30 December 2016
Friday 6, 13, 20 and 27 January 2017

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