Vintage Americana,Vintage Prints for Sale Missouri Wheat Farmers BY JOE JONES

Missouri Wheat Farmers BY JOE JONES

Missouri Wheat Farmers BY JOE JONESMissouri Wheat Farmers BY JOE JONES

Just Thirty Years Old-he was born in St. Louis, where he still lives, Joe jones has for some years been

one of the most excitedly discussed artists in America.

Entirely self-taught, he won prizes at various exhibits in his early twenties, and in 1937 was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship.

He has been hailed as a proletarian artist because of his exclusive interest in the lives and

work of laborers, and because he is vocally a member of the Communist Party.

His principal admirations in painting are, he says,

“El Greco, Titian, Daumier, Goya, Rembrandt, Rubens, Picasso, George Grosz, and Orozco.”

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In view of this extraordinary catholicity of taste, it is gratifying to discover in

Mr. Jones himself an artist of considerable originality.

Missouri Wheat Farmers makes brilliant use, in building up a very handsome design, of such

paraphernalia of trade as a thick-soled shoe, a round straw hat and a crushed felt one, overalls, and wheat bags.

Extreme simplification of texture and outline, a brilliant useoflightcorning

from one side and producing almost sculptural shadows on the other,

a welcome absence of the underscoring from which so much “proletarian” art suffers-in short,

a willingness to let clearly envisioned and adeptly set down reality

bring its own persuasions to bear-make

Mr. Jones’ comment on two men at rather dull work a beautiful picture to see.

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