Our Good Earth

  • John Steuart Curry, Our Good Earth, 1942, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson and William T. Evans, 2001.4

Exhibition Label
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

Title
Our Good Earth
Artists
Date
1942
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
13 3/8 x 11 in. (34.0 x 27.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase made possible by Ralph Cross Johnson and William T. Evans

Classifications
Keywords
  • Occupation – farm – farmer
  • Figure group – male and child
  • Dress – accessory – hat
  • Landscape – weather – cloud
  • Landscape – farm
Object Number
2001.4
Palette
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