Art: Political Paintings

In the 1930s, when leftist WPArtists covered the walls of quiet rural post offices with murals depicting the horrors of U.S. life, Americans pondered the lesson that even painting can be used for political propaganda. In St. Louis last week they proved that the lesson had been learned. Eleven paintings were removed from an exhibition at St. Louis' Artists' Guild. Pretext: their "controversial character." Most of the banned canvases were critical of the New Deal.

Follies oj 1932-44, one of the pariah paintings, showed Franklin Roosevelt, crowned and gaily tossing flat money...

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