Robert Gwathmey: The Life and Art of a Passionate Observer (Paperback)
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Robert Gwathmey: The Life and Art of a Passionate Observer (Paperback)

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Paperback 272 Pages / Published: 30/09/1999
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American artist Robert Gwathmey (1903-1988) was a leading member of the Social Realist movement that flourished from the 1930s through the 1950s. Like his fellow Social Realists, Gwathmey used his art to expose privilege and pretense, demand social justice and call for major changes in the prevailing socioeconomic system. Gwathmey was an 8th-generation Virginian, and throughout his life his main artistic themes were race relations and his native South. He is perhaps best remembered as the first white American painter to depict African Americans in an unromanticized, respectful manner. Using a unique style that combined a deliberate two-dimensional flatness with deep and vivid colours, Gwathmey illuminated the inherent dignity of the tenant farmers and sharecroppers who were his subjects. As a lifelong activist against injustice, Gwathmey was kept under surveillance by the FBI for nearly 30 years. Using Gwathmey's FBI file, along with numerous interviews and archival records, Michael Kammen crafts a portrait of an engaging American painter in the midst of dramatic social and political change.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807847794
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 1107 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 23 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
[A] fascinating book.

"Print Quarterly"


This is a handsome and enlightening work.

"Virginia Quarterly Review"


A colorful and informative account of Robert Gwathmey's life and work.

"Reviews in American History"


"Gracefully written and beautifully produced, this biography brings Gwathmey's art into sharp focus.

"Journal of American History""


"The man who emerges from Michael Kammen's gracious biography is deeply engaging and admirable.

John Beardsley, "New York Times Book Review""


A fascinating book.

"Print Quarterly"


Gracefully written and beautifully produced, this biography brings Gwathmey's art into sharp focus.

"Journal of American History"


The man who emerges from Michael Kammen's gracious biography is deeply engaging and admirable.

John Beardsley, "New York Times Book Review"

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