America Fights the Depression CWA 1933-34 - Photo #4


The art section begins on p.81 of the book with the text below. Page 82, image above, shows (top) Murals, ”Veterinary Medicine,” for main stairway, Library of Iowa State College by Grant Wood and colleagues, and (bottom) Mural, Cleveland Auditorium by Jack J. Greitzer. Click the Enlarge button on top to see them up close (you might also have to click again to make your browser show them full size instead of scaled).


The Public Works of Art came to the aid of Ameican artists at a time when the private market for works of art had practically disappeared and even our best known artists found themselves as a consequence in financial straits. Although gratefully accepted as timely relief for then desperate need, nevertheless the artists also saw in this project an opportunity to prove that there is in this country an art movement of genuine importance and vitality, a movement that may be made to contribute definitely to the cultural and artistic interests of our people.

Artists of every state in the Union and the Territory of Hawaii, regardless of their school, their type of painting or their affiliations were given an opportunity to participate in the project. They were selected on the basis of their qualifications as artists and their need of employment. The subject matter assigned to them was the