Great Lakes Muse American scene painting in the upper Midwest 1910-1960 hardback

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Through the first half of the twentieth century, artists living in the eight states bordering the five great lakes produced  a distinctive body of paintings that portrayed the upper midwest as a world in transition. Along with American Scene painters all across the United States, these artists sought to develop a modern art expression that would reflect both their personal and their cultural identities. For over fifty years, the painters of the great lakes scene created an array of vibrant images expressing univeral themes through a celebration of the particular and the local. Their paintings communicate both the enormous vitality of the changing American heartland and the creative independence of the regions early modern painters through the formative first decades of the twentieth century.