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John Rogers Cox ( American, 1915 - 1990 )

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General Description

John Rogers Cox is associated with regionalism, an American artistic movement that was especially popular during the 1930s. Regionalists usually preferred rural subjects and worked in a naturalistic style. The uncanny quality of Cox’s meticulous style, however, is also exemplary of magic realism, a stylistic tendency that developed in both Europe and America after World War I, though it was never a unified movement. Reacting against the abstract painting that had occurred during the early 20th century, magic realist artists depicted seemingly everyday subjects in a hyper–realistic manner, giving their works an eerie, seemingly magical quality.

Adapted from

Sara Woodbury, DMA label text, 2011

Web Resources

John Rogers Cox, Google Books
Check out this article about John Rogers Cox in Life magazine from July 12, 1948.