In Focus

Alexandre Hogue's Psychoreality

Alexandre Hogue deliberately intensified the conditions in his depictions of the Southwestern United States in order to generate empathy within his viewers for the desert-like conditions. He called this approach psychoreality. Similar to Stendahl’s Syndrome (a psychosomatic disorder in which viewers overcome by a work of art act out the emotions portrayed in the painting or sculpture), Hogue’s psychoreality was meant to draw attention to the actual conditions in this region. Hogue blamed the region’s problems on man’s inept and thoughtless overcultivation of the land and viewed the plow as the principal agent of the disaster.

Adapted from

Sue Canterbury, Alexandre Hogue: The Erosion Series, Label text, 2014.

Related Multimedia

Sue Canterbury, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art, DMA discusses some of Alexandre Hogue's works
Gallery talk by Andrea Severin Goins, Interpretation Specialist, DMA
In celebration of the exhibition Alexandre Hogue: The Erosion Series, join Susie Kalil, co-curator of the exhibition, and Olivia Hogue Mariño, the artist's daughter, for a conversation about the life and work of Alexandre Hogue. Who was known as an environmentalist and activist, Hogue's works in the Erosion series brought to light many issues surrounding the Dust Bowl and soon became some of his most powerful images.

Web Resources

Stendhal Syndrome on Wikipedia
Learn more about Stendhal Syndrome.