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The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Nicolai Cikovsky

Nicolai Cikovsky, Wisconsin Landscape, 1941

Nicolai Cikovsky (American, b. Poland, 1894-1987)
Wisconsin Landscape 1941
Oil on canvas
Gift of C. Leonard Pfeiffer
1945.006.011

During the Great Depression, many artists shunned the abstract styles of Europe that were influencing American artists, arguing that art should reflect the American nation and relate to people’s everyday lives. These artists, known as the Regionalists, turned inward, celebrating and promoting the beauty of Midwest farmlands.

Although paintings such as Wisconsin Landscape reflect a particular time in American history, they have gained newfound relevance in today’s society, especially in light of current conversations regarding the most recent presidential election.