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Rural Poverty

Land of Plenty

by Lucienne Bloch

Bloch created her woodcut, Land of Plenty, the same year she joined the Federal Art Project (FAP). 

A comment on the fate of poor farmers, the scene shows a poor, rural family of indeterminate race physically separated from the new electrical innovations and towering corn stalks by a barbed wire fence. 

The problem during the Depression was not a lack of food, but a lack of money – city dwellers could not afford to buy food from the farmers, forcing the farmers out of business despite their booming crops.

(Pohl 22)

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Lucienne Bloch - Land of Plenty

Lucienne Bloch, Land of Plenty, 1935. Woodcut, 10 5/8 x 8 ¾ in.

Museum Purchase, Derby Fund, from the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970

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Lucienne Bloch Harry Brodsky Jack Delano Meritt Mauzey

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Thomas Hart Benton
Lucienne Bloch
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Paul Cadmus
Francis Chapin
Jack Delano
Phillip Evergood
George Gilbert
Hugo Gellert
Joseph Hirsch
Irwan Hoffman
Morris Huberland
Meritt Mauzey
Elizabeth Olds
Walter Quirt
Moses Soyer
Raphael Soyer
Lynd Ward

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