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Ross Dickinson
Valley Farms
1934
oil
40 x 50 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the U.S. Department of Labor



In Valley Farms,Dickinson offers Southern California as a promised land. Painted during the worst years of the depression, the lush green fields show the continued fertility of the western land at a time when thousands of Midwesterners abandoned their farms in the wake of devastating dust storms.