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Our Good Earth

1942 John Steuart Curry Born: Dunavant, Kansas 1897 Died: Madison, Wisconsin 1946 watercolor on illustration board 13 3/8 x 11 in. (34.0 x 27.9 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson and William T. Evans 2001.4 Not currently on view

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When Curry was asked to create a monumental image for a war-bond poster during World War II, he depicted a noble American farmer, flanked by two carefree children, standing tall in his Kansas wheat field. The imposing figure emphasizes how important farming was to the war effort. This watercolor is a study for the painting, which was then reproduced as a poster captioned “Our Good Earth – Keep It Ours.”

Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2009


Dress - accessory - hat

Figure group - male and child

Landscape - farm

Landscape - weather - cloud

Occupation - farm - farmer