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Drouth Stricken Area,1934

Alexandre Hogue

Dallas Museum of Art

One of the most searing images of the Depression-era Southwest, Drouth-Stricken Area is part of Alexandre Hogue’s Erosion series, nine paintings executed between 1933 and 1946. Hogue witnessed the ecological disaster of the Dust Bowl first hand on the ranch of his brother-in-law in the Texas panhandle and squarely placed blame on mankind and his mismanagement of the earth’s resources. Here, the arid landscape, with its exaggerated sharp edges, emaciated cow, and sun-bleached colors, invokes the sheer hopelessness of the time, while the gathering dust at the horizon line recalls the storms of the “Dirty Thirties.”

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