Pioneers of the West

  • Helen Lundeberg, Pioneers of the West, 1934, oil, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, 1985.8.27

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Helen Lundeberg created this painting while employed by the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal program that employed artists during the Great Depression. Like other WPA artists, Lundeberg depicted a hopeful view of the United States during a time of turmoil and uncertainty by showing a dreamlike image of western expansion. The group of pioneers, with their backs to the viewer, follows an ox-drawn wagon into a valley. The monumental figures appear strong and assured in their forward progress. Rising mountains melt into the sun.

Title
Pioneers of the West
Artists
Date
1934
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
40 x 50 1/4 in. (101.7 x 127.7 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Western
  • Animal – cattle
  • Travel – land – wagon
  • History – United States – westward expansion
  • Figure group
  • New Deal – Public Works of Art Project – California
Object Number
1985.8.27
Palette
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