Painting of the Week – American Scene Painting

Painting of the Week – American Scene Painting

Jean Hogan (1909 – 1995)  Hartford, Ct    Oil on Board 24″ x 20″    Verso: Meridan Art Association Award and Estate Stamp, original frame  $1,500.

Jean Hogan, born in Hartford, Connecticut, worked and lived in Connecticut and Rhode Island, and summered on Monhegan Island, Maine. Her biography from a Brown University alumni magazine read” Jean V. Hogan ’31, Wickford, RI: Jan. 15. She was an art teacher in the South Kingstown, R.I., school system for many years before retiring, and also had taught at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connn. She studied art at the Rhode Island School of Design and the A.E. James School of Fine Art, and exhibited her paintings throughout New England. She had one-woman shows at New York City’s Morton Galleries and at the Harbor Art Galleries in Wickford.

Hogan was a painter, graphic artist and teacher. Her art portrays an eastern United States version of American Scene painting or Regionalism. The Oxford Dictionary of Art defines Regionalism as” Movement in American paintings… part of the wider category of American Scene painting.. in which artists concentrated on realistic depiction of scenes and types from the American Midwest and deep South The movement flourished during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. The motivation of the Regionalists, like that of all American Scene painters, derived from a patriotic desire to establish genuinely American art by the utilization of American subject-matter and the repudiation of inoovative artistic styles. In addition, they were moved by a nostalgic desire to glorify, or at lease to record, rural and small-town American as distinct from the new industrial urbanization, and it was from this that their widespread popularity drew its sustenance. Thomas Hart Benton was the vociferous mouthpiece of the group and prominent among them wee Grant Wood, Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper and John Stuart Curry, with Charles Burchfield and Ben Shahn on the fringes. Hooper was more

Born: 1909,
Lived: Hartford, Connecticut; Wickford, Rhode Island
Summered: Monhegen, Maine

Studied: Pembroke College, and artists J.G. McManus, A.E.Jones

Member: CAFA, New Haven PCC, Springfield Art League, Hartford: Society of Women Painters, South Country Art Club

Exhibited:   National Academy of Design, New Haven PCC
Springfield Art League, 1938 (prize), 1942 (prize)
Hartford Society Women Painters
Ogunquit Art Center
Brown University
South County Art Club
Morton Gallery, New York, 1945 (one-man)
Worlds Fair New York, 1939
Ethel Walker School, Simsbury, Connecticut
CAFA, 1943 (prize)