Theme/Style American Scene, Regionalism, Figurative Art
Artistic Focus One of many American artists forced to give up his career during the Depression and twice more during his lifetime Robert Gilbert nonetheless is remembered as an outstanding American Scene and Regionalist artist. Gilbert's work is readily recognized by its figures created in the bold, simplified tubular forms characteristic of 1930s art, and for its strong design and composition in which, typically, one or more figures dominate the foreground while the background takes on secondary importance.
• During the Depression, Robert Gilbert's work for the Santa Ana Gas Company gave him an opportunity to observe the local scene. He used that material as the basis for a number of noteworthy figural works most often depicting either female figures in repose against agricultural backgrounds, or male figures posed in front of semi-abstract industrial scenes.
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