Barrett portrays several boats on the Hudson River in this painting on illustration board. He draws on styles similar to that of the iconic National Parks posters. The newly established National Parks Service collaborated with the Works Progress Administration (WPA) to promote the parks while also giving artists work. Artists working with the WPA’s Federal Art Project created 14 iconic silkscreen posters between 1938 and 1941. Nine of these posters are located in the National Archives.
Images courtesy of the Library of Congress.
"From the Archives" is a monthly feature brought to you by Jean Hinkley. Ms. Hinkley is a graduate student of museum studies at Marist College. Growing up in Poughkeepsie influenced the way that Jean approaches thinking about cultural institutions, particularly in how to engage with local communities. Her research within the Barrett Art Center archives seeks to shed light on the unique character of Thomas Barrett and demonstrate that there is much to learn from our Hudson Valley history.