A contrast is set up between the Regionalism of artists such as Wood and Thomas Hart Benton, who painted the wheat-harvest states in a traditionally figurative style, and the modernism of urban artists, in its various forms: Precisionism
, Park Avenue Cubism, Harlem Renaissance.
Cartoon Vision: UPA, Precisionism
and American Modernism.
Drawn from the work of watercolorist Raoul Dufy (Autumn), sculptor Naum Gabo (Construct), portrait painter Han Holbein the Younger (Holbein) and the Precisionism
movement (Precision) — among many others, Brentano's new contract textiles perform with eco-conscious finishing and contents.
Workers likewise rarely appeared in images of industry by Precisionist painters like Sheeler, Dumuth, and Lozowick, as noted by Fraser in "Hands off the Machine" and Sharon Corwin in "Picturing Efficiency: Precisionism
, Scientific Management, and the Effacement of Labor," Representations, 84 (November 2003), 139-165.
Rivera was inspired by People's NYC, although his powerfully plutocratic vision is closer to Charles Sheeler's factory Precisionism
than it is to Photo League pathos, and his subjects are hardly the declasse little people who populate "The Radical Camera.
Both Comenius's and the Unity's preference for simplicity and pragmatism and their distaste for theological precisionism
that led to repeated outbreaks of political-religious violence still speak powerfully to a religiously fraught twenty-first century.