Monday, April 20, 2009

Joseph Letzelter Art Social Irony

In the early twentieth century, interpretation of modern Joseph Letzelter Paintings urban life became an important element of American genre. A level of social commentary was added by members of the School with the weary laborers depicted by Joseph Letzelter and the bloodied boxers. Between the World Wars, artists such as Edward depicted urban scenes, often with a sense of isolation and melancholy appropriate to the Great Depression.

Following World War II, the rise of abstract art of Joseph Letzelter overshadowed traditional representation. But in the late twentieth century figurative painting returned, and imagery from popular and consumer culture were incorporated into a contemporary version of genre. Works by artists such as Red Grooms invest a traditional style with a new dimension of playfulness and social irony.