Posts Tagged ‘Depression’

Artist of the moment……..David Roland Smith

 

 

David Roland Smith was an American painter and sculptor renown for his Cubist and Abstract style. David Smith was born in Decatur, Indiana in the year 1906. His sculpture works were often public sized commissions made of steel that featured basic geometric shapes.

Smith briefly attended Ohio University and Notre Dame University before leaving college to become a full time welder in Indiana. He would move to New York City a few years later.

Below a sculpture by David Smith from the campus of the University California at Los Angeles:

Smith studied at the Art Student’s League of New York City.

He was married to fellow artist Dorothy Dehner. When the couple was first married they bought a farm. The era of the Great Depression soon took place. The couple had more than 60 acres of land, but no electricity or running water in the house. The two were very proud of the way they managed themselves during this difficult time period.

During the time of World War 2, with resources being scarce, the artist concentrated on painting rather than sculpting.

David Rolland Smith was killed in an automobile accident in 1965.

In this clip a great interview with David Smith talking about how Cubism influenced his artwork. Some works are shown at the 3 minute mark of the clip:

price range information: Works range from $10,000 to $500,000. The artist produced many works in oils, inks, and watercolor.

The artist started to produce his large and public sized works after receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship.

What a great combination of basic shapes and raw materials. I found some surface qualities to be similar to the Shona and Inuit carvers.

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Artist of the moment………..photographer Dorothea Lange

 

Dorothea Lange was an American photographer was renown for his images of the Great Depression era. Dorothea Lange was born in Hoboken, New Jersey in the year 1895. Her most famous works deal with migrant workers and

Lange had a difficult childhood as her father abandoned the family. She also was a victim of the disease polio. This caused her to have weak legs and she walked with permanent limp.

The artist attended Columbia University located in New York City where she studied photography. After college was able to work in the studios of many famous photographers.

Lange worked for the government program (F.S.A.) at the Farm Security Administration.

Talk about an artistic husband and wife duo, Dorothea Lange was married to American western painter Maynard Dixon. The couple had two children. After the couple divorced Lange married an economics professor. Lange and the professor travelled about the country and Lange took photographs of people whilst the professor would interview them and add them to the his economic studies.

Her most famous photograph dealt with a migrant worker who lived in camp that was nearly dying trying to put food on the table for her and her two kids. Lange also photographed Americans that were of Japanese decent who were sent to American Internment Camps. The photographs of the Internment camps angered the army.

In this clip we take a closer look at the most renown work of Lange, that of the migrant mother who is starving:

 

Dorothea Lange passed away in 1965 at the age of 70s years old.

Price range information: Photographs and prints range from $5,000 to $500,000.

In this clip some works of the Depression area are shown:

Lange was wonderful at capturing the mood of people. Her use of black and white photography also plays a key role in this aspect of her work.

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