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America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

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by Caroline Haack (subscribe)
Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
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The historical exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts
Detail from American Gothic, by Grant Wood, from Google Cultural Institute

The most curious and travellers among you may have discovered Paris the exhibition 'The American Painting of the 1930s: The Age of Anxiety' at the Museum of the Orangery in Paris. For non-travellers, the event has crossed the Channel and been exported to the capital of Great Britain. It is a cultural escape to discover the great American paintings of the first half of the 20th century, that then influenced the whole art world.

Renamed America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s for the British public, the exhibition is on until June 4, 2017 at the sublime Royal Academy of Arts, where you will have the chance to discover the tourist neighborhood of Green Park and Piccadilly Circus. Its ambition? To describe a paradox: that one of the most abundant and luminous artistic eras took place during one of the most turbulent and sad decades in the history of the United States.

Gas by Edward Hopper

Many famous artists have studied the period called The Great Depression, as it was a world-wide problem that affected everything, even art. You will see the names of Jackson Pollock, Edward Hopper and Grant Wood, creator of the famous painting called American Gothic (1930), which you will see at the beginning of the exhibition. You will also be able to see some famous Hopper paintings, which are rarely shown in the United Kingdom. It is a thing to know what they look like but a different thing to experience them in real life.

Through 45 period paintings, America after the Fall takes you on a journey to a country that was recovering from the 1929 stock market crash and, in spite of itself, heading for a second World War. An undeniable artistic meeting for those who want to combine London and in the country of Uncle Sam, it also doubles as an American History lesson, to revise this important time of history.
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Why? A lesson in history and art
When: Until 4 June 2017
Where: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
Cost: 13.50 (without donation 12). Concessions available.
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