"Especially in his paintings from the Depression years,
Stewart achieved a bleak clarity of vision that has been compared to Hopper's."
~ Wallace Stegner
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to present LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art, an exhibition showcasing more than 120 of Stewart's defining works created during the Great Depression. The 1930s was a period when Stewart painted the "raw side of life," in expressions of the West's vernacular architecture: storefronts, gas stations, hotels, old homes, and canneries. These subjects allowed him to approach his work using minimal forms and the expressive properties of line, mass, and hue. Stripped to the essential, paintings from this period evoke not only Stewart's personal history of loss, but that of the entire nation.
LeConte Stewart: Depression Era Art was organized by Donna Poulton, UMFA Associate Curator of Art of Utah and the West.
S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation • Ray, Quinney & Nebeker Foundation
American Express Charitable Fund • Charles Redd Center for Western Studies
The Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation • UMFA Special Exhibitions Council
Union Pacific Railroad • Utah Division of Arts & Museums
Top: LeConte Stewart (1891-1990), Private Car, courtesy the Church History Museum.