The regionalists were a group of artists who focused on rural scenes, mainly in the Midwest, and celebrated the American landscape and history. Chief among them were John Steuart Curry, Thomas Hart Benton, and Grant Wood. Wood perhaps summed up the underlying themes of the movement best when he said he depicted “a country rich in the arts of peace, a homely, loveable nation, infinitely worth any sacrifice necessary to its preservation.” The artists shared many of the attributes of those producing work in the “American Scene” in that they reflected American themes and styles rather than those of European modernists.
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