American Scene Painting brought together styles of American Regionalism and Social Realism. Between the 1920s and 1930s, artists of these styles focused on depicting contemporary American life. American Regionalism generally focused on rural settings, while Social Realism focused on urban imagery. Barrett’s oil on canvas found in the archives demonstrates his interest to represent local scenes of Poughkeepsie.
"From the Archives" is 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.