“Regionalism: Now understood to be a movement within American scene painting. Protesting against the spread of European Modernism, the regionalists sought an authentic American style by concentrating on realistic depictions of the rural Midwest and South of the 1930s. The best-known regionalists were Grant Wood, Thomas Hart Benton, and John Steuart Curry.

Excerpted from: Diamond, David G. The Bulfinch Pocket Dictionary of Art Terms. Boston: Little Brown, 1992.

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