The Ashcan School is a term used to denominate a group of American artists from the beginning of the XX century. Although it was not a school, nor an organized movement with a manifesto, the artists maintained a unity by working with the theme of urban realism, especially the vitality of New York City. Some artists were more political than others, and some not at all, but overall the artists of the Ashcan School were not worried about causing social criticism or political revolution. The works being produced would mainly show the poverty and problems brought by the immigration in the United States, even though the artists belonged to a comfortable middle-class and did not deal directly with this in their lives. These problems were sometimes sugar-coated in a more peaceful and idealized manner.Read More
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