Wisconsin Landscape

Artist: John Steuart Curry (American, Dunavant, Kansas 1897–1946 Madison, Wisconsin)

Date: 1938–39

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 42 x 84 in. (106.7 x 213.4 cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: George A. Hearn Fund, 1942

Accession Number: 42.154


Wisconsin Landscape is an idealized composite of farm scenes that Curry saw while traveling around the American Midwest. The horizontal canvas provides a panoramic view of the region and draws attention to the dramatic sky. Celebrating agrarian calm and plentitude, Curry’s verdant scene appears to deliberately disregard the effects of the Great Depression, which continued to plague farming communities at the time. Along with Grant Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, Curry contributed to an artistic movement known as Regionalism, which asserted that truly American art would emerge from small towns more so than large cities.