Where does “WPA style” fit in art history?
November 9, 2018 6:12 AM   Subscribe

What was the relationship (if any) between the “WPA style” used to promote the US’s National Parks in the 1940s, and other artistic movements like shin-hanga in Japan? Was there any influence - in either direction - between the posters and Yoshida Hiroshi’s work, especially his own prints of National Parks?
posted by chappell, ambrose to Media & Arts (2 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I'm unaware of any direct connections. The WPA style is usually most closely identified with Social Realism.
posted by Nelson at 2:01 PM on November 9, 2018 [1 favorite]

It would be fascinating to investiate the indiviual training and stylistic influences of the WPA artists. There is a lot writing about them online. Here's Wikipedia's list of the major artists - should be fun to explore. There are some interviews and resources here at the Library of Congress. This article mentions some names of people who led the design direction for many of the poster projects .
posted by Miko at 7:03 PM on November 10, 2018 [1 favorite]

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