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life of the people


a presentation from the US Library of Congress displaying realist prints and drawings, spanning 1912 through 1948.

Artists of the period felt a strong affinity for the common people and argued that prints should be not just for the wealthy but treated, as they once had been, as a product for the many. Stylistically, many artists chose a modified realism as a means of expression more accessible to the general public, rather than the European avant garde. Technically, lithography, which could more easily yield larger editions than other original media, flourished

image is Boss of the Block, 1939, by Martin Lewis
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