To Make a World : George Ault and 1940s America - the exhibition catalogue from Smithsonian American Art Museum/Nelson-Atkins Museums available to buy at Museum Bookstore

To Make a World : George Ault and 1940s America

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An American painter usually associated with the Precisionist movement, George Copeland Ault (1891-1948) created works that provide a unique window onto the uncertainty and despair of the Second World War. Despite early commercial success in the 1920s, Ault eventually withdrew from both artistic and political worlds in 1937 and set up his studio in a tiny house in Woodstock, New York, where he produced evocative scenes of barns, telephone wires, and streetlights that utilize precise alignments and geometries to impose a symbolic order on a world in crisis.

To Make a World the companion book to an exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art features nearly twenty of Ault's paintings alongside those of his contemporaries, including Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent, and Andrew Wyeth. Author Alexander Nemerov explains that despite Ault's remote location and reclusive lifestyle, his paintings represent his fear for the precarious state of the world and reflect an emotional response shared by many artists and the nation at large.

  • Author: Alexander Nemerov
  • Hardcover: 152 pages | 24 black and white and 63 colour illustrations
  • Date published: May 2011
  • Language: English
  • Delivery: Allow 1-2 weeks
  • ISBN: 978-0300172393
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 26.8 cm

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