Federal Property


Friday, May 08, 2009

Back in the 1930s, as part of the Federal Art Project, the government paid artists to make thousands of paintings, from famous murals to little landscapes. It wasn't possible to keep track of it all, and some ended up in private hands. Once in a while, a canvas turns up, and when it does, the Feds sometimes take an interest. Produced by Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler.

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Ann Heppermann and Kara Oehler

Comments [6]

bath mateus from usa

nice posting....i like it...it is really helpfull to all...I'm still looking for Andrew Winter's name to turn up on a "list" as a WPA artist. Can someone help me with this?

Dec. 19 2009 04:10 PM
Carol from Florida

PS: I'm still looking for Andrew Winter's name to turn up on a "list" as a WPA artist. Can someone help me with this?

May. 09 2009 09:00 PM
Carol from Florida

I guess the government just never stops being a police power. This painting hung on the great grandfather's wall for what, 70 years? C'mon. Why didn't the gov't just buy it at auction....? The more you think you've heard it all, the more you find out that isn't true. When will they start stamping us with UPC symbols to keep track of us? Seems like it's coming.....

May. 09 2009 08:32 PM
cynthia from california

England has a process for compensating the owner of an historic art find, the face value of the artwork. That seems like the fair way to go for all concerned parties.
The WPA artwork was sold out the backdoor by the pound. Who is to say this painting wasnt one of those?

May. 09 2009 07:10 PM
Brian Hartnett from Simsbury CT

Beautiful painting and a very intetesting story. Some museum should mount a show using a wide range of WPA artists and tell their stories in a multimedia fashion - newsreel footage, interviews, print coverage from the period.

May. 09 2009 07:52 AM
Joe Mc. from Colorado

Wow, people ripping off the government, blatantly indicating they would have done it again. Don't buy a painting from that guy, it might not be his to sell.

May. 08 2009 05:13 PM

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