AMERICA AFTER THE FALL: PAINTING IN THE 1930s

America’s 1929 Wall Street Crash is a well-documented period of history, but its lesser examined impact on art and culture has until now remained under the radar. This exhibition, showing at The Royal Academy until early summer, is a compelling edit of nearly fifty artworks from America’s most highly regarded artists, including Georgia O’Keefe, Philip Guston, Edward Hopper, Alice Neel and Jackson Pollock. These pieces throw an intriguing light on a decade of extreme highs and lows - from the rise of mass entertainment in the city to the devastating decline in farming. Don’t miss a clutch of iconic pieces, such as Grant Wood’s American Gothic, pictured, shown in the UK for the first time, as well as Hooper’s haunting Gas.

25 February to 4 June; Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD, 0207 300 8027, royalacademy.org.uk.

Images courtesy of The Royal Academy

Words by Emma J Page