American Folk Art, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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American Folk Art
Folk art throughout the world denotes those arts and crafts that do not follow the fine arts tradition. In America, folk art flourishes in rural as well as urban communities. The folk art style is sometimes called nave, indicating that the artists, who are usually self-taught, do not follow traditional rules of proportion and perspective.

Well-known American folk artists include the painters Grandma Moses and Edward Hicks, Justus DaLee, Howard Finster, Joshua Johnson, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Enoch Tanner Wickham, and Edgar Tolson. The deaf nineteenth century artist John Brewster has seen recent retrospective exhibitions around the United States. As a movement folk art remains a vital part of the American cultural scene.


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