DAILY ART FIX: The WPA Gave Artists Philip Guston and Musa McKim the Opportunity to Depict New Hampshire’s Forests During the Great Depression

Art world links which caught my eye…


Musa McKim “Wildlife in the White Mountains” 1941

Husband and wife artists Philip Guston (one of my favorite painters) and Musa McKim were commissioned by the Works Progress Administration to create murals. The pieces they created for the Forestry building in New Hampshire are now being exhibited at the Currier Museum of Art.

They’re working in Woodstock, and you can see that they’re almost communicating with each other because the paintings kind of communicate with each other. If you look here on the left, you have the men cutting down the logs. On the right, you have their counterpart, the beaver, taking down the log and he’s doing it as sustainably. And so there’s two or three stumps in the background, the exact same thing here on the left. It’s about living in harmony with your landscape, and that’s what the animals have taught the men to humanity.

A painting shows four men sawing and stacking logs. A white horse and trees are behind them.

Philip Guston “Pulpwood Logging,” 1941

Read the full article here: NHPR – How the WPA sustained artists and revitalized New Hampshire’s forests during the Great Depression


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