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Joe Jones

American Farm

1936

Joe Jones, American Farm, 1936. Oil and tempera on canvas, 30 × 40 in. (76.2 × 101.6 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase  36.144
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Joe Jones made this painting of an American farm while the United States was suffering from the Great Depression and an eight-year drought plagued the Southern Plains, an area that includes parts of Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. The drought began in 1931, turning what was once fertile farmland into a dust bowl where nothing would grow. Winds swept across the plains and dust storms darkened the sky, leaving layers of dust everywhere, even inside the buildings.
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