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Winter

ca. 1933-1934 Dacre F. Boulton oil on canvas 34 1/8 x 28 3/8 in. (86.7 x 72.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor 1964.1.134 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 38A


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Dacre Boulton painted Winter while working for Region 7 of the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP), a program sponsored by the New Deal that paid artists for their work. Under the PWAP, the United States was divided into sixteen regions, and Region 7 included Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. In this image, Boulton depicted his surrounding urban landscape. The dark, muted colors of the buildings and barren trees, and the snow-covered streets, reveal a dreary winter day, but also hint at the hardships endured all over the country during the Great Depression, a dark period in America's history.

Keywords

Architecture Exterior - domestic - shed

Cityscape - season - winter

Cityscape - street

Figure(s) in exterior - urban

New Deal - Public Works of Art Project - Missouri

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas