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  • Americans as a collective were known as being artistically challenged. During Grandpa's time, art in America was looked at a bit differently than it is today. Typical of the American ideal of art of the time, Grandpa filled his parlor with as many knick-knacks as he could fit in the room. Grandpa wanted things that had some flair to them, and if it was imported, it must be art worthy. But if he could make the art functional, so much the better. Thirty years since Grandpa has passed on, Americans view art a little differently. Simplicity, cleanliness and honesty typify what is considered art. The changes are a result of education available for all, and a more balanced life between work and leisure, which allows the population to appreciate beauty around them that they may not have previously noticed. Thomas Hart Benton and Reginald Marsh are among the new generation of American artists who are bringing art to the common man and who are featured in this movie.

  • A look at the awful tastes of the late 19th-century American nouveau riche (importing ghastly European art and knickknacks to stuff their parlors) giving way to the clean lines of contemporary American art and design, now found in the homes of middle-class families. Changes in taste reflect American artists seeing and painting the American landscape, children's improved education at free public schools, and American workers being better paid for fewer hours, now able to enjoy life. We watch several painters at work in the Midwest, New York City, and Hollywood. It's not that America has discovered art, but that art has discovered America.


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