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• The painting’s title certainly refers to the sense of dejection expressed by many American artists active during the difficult years of the Depression and World War II.
• The subdued colors of the sky and weathered buildings, as well as the obscured faces of the figures, contribute to the grim mood. The sheets, flapping vigorously in the wind, animate the composition and add a chill to the scene.
• Indianapolis artist Floyd Hopper painted this canvas in 1940, the same year he earned his second degree from the Herron Art Institute.