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dc.contributor.advisorEldredge, Charles C.
dc.contributor.authorKuykendall, Lara
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-19T22:00:47Z
dc.date.available2012-11-19T22:00:47Z
dc.date.issued2011-01-01
dc.date.submitted2011
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/ku:11434
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1808/10377
dc.description.abstractDuring the 1930s and 1940s, as the United States weathered the Great Depression, World War II, and dramatic social changes, heroes were sought out and created as part of an ever-changing national culture. American artists responded to the widespread desire for heroic imagery by creating icons of leadership and fortitude. Heroes took the form of political leaders, unionized workers, farmers, folk icons, historical characters, mothers, and women workers. The ideas they manifest are as varied as the styles and motivations of the artists who developed them. This dissertation contextualizes works by such artists as Florine Stettheimer, Philip Evergood, John Steuart Curry, Palmer Hayden, Dorothea Lange, Norman Rockwell, and Aaron Douglas, delving into the realms of politics, labor, gender, and race. The images considered fulfilled national (and often personal) needs for pride, confidence, and hope during these tumultuous decades, and this project is the first to consider the hero in American art as a sustained modernist visual trope.
dc.format.extent209 pages
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
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dc.subjectArt history
dc.subjectUnited states
dc.title"By Popular Demand": The Hero in American Art, c. 1929-45
dc.typeDissertation
dc.contributor.cmtememberCateforis, David
dc.contributor.cmtememberKessler, Marni
dc.contributor.cmtememberBerg, Chuck
dc.contributor.cmtememberLester, Cheryl
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineHistory of Art
dc.thesis.degreeLevelPh.D.
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