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The Art of North America Valerie Woodgate Tuesday 17 October 2017

The art of early American settlers owed more to their European origins than to the indigenous art which they encountered in the New World. The early settlers, the new Republic, the opening up of the West, and the years following the Civil War all provided inspiration for artists. Landscape tradition continued into the 20th century, while some artists responded to the boom years in the twenties and the despair of the hungry thirties. Through the years of the Depression, American art survived and developed, thanks to the support of the Federal Arts Project. While realist art continued, it was Abstraction Expressionism, and the migration of many major European artists to America before WW2, that led to New York replacing Paris as the centre of the international avant-garde.