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John Steuart Curry's Hoover and the flood : painting modern history

Author: Charles C Eldredge; Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, Ga.)
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press ; [Augusta, Ga.] : In Association with the Morris Museum of Art, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1940, John Steuart Curry painted a scene of Herbert Hoover directing relief efforts after the Mississippi River flood of 1927 as part of a series of paintings depicting modern American history commissioned by Life magazine. In this in-depth case study, Charles Eldredge examines the story of the artist and his painting as well as the American cultural and political era in which it was made." "Exploring the  Read more...
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Named Person: John Steuart Curry; John Steuart Curry; John Steuart Curry
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles C Eldredge; Morris Museum of Art (Augusta, Ga.)
ISBN: 9780807830871 0807830879
OCLC Number: 86038179
Description: xvi, 86 p., 8 p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: John Steuart Curry's Hoover and the flood --
Art and life --
Curry and traditions --
Artists and floods --
A watery heartland --
The flood of 1937 --
Curry and floods --
Hoover and the floods --
Rehabilitation and restoration.
Responsibility: Charles C. Eldredge ; foreword by Kevin Grogan.
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In 1940, John Steuart Curry painted a scene of Herbert Hoover directing relief efforts after Mississippi River flood of 1927 as part of a series of paintings depicting modern American history. This  Read more...

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"Evenhanded and inclusive . . . an important exploration of the complex social consciousness motivating Regionalist artists."--"Great Plains Quarterly"

 
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