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In the earliest days after American declared its independence, American art usually depicted historical events of the American landscape. The first major school of American art was the Hudson River School formed in 1820. These early artists included William B.T. Trego, who painted mainly war scenes, Mary Cassat and Whistler.

The Aschcan school was formed in the early 1900's and was characterized by realistic scenes depicting the squalor and often poverty of urban life. The Ashcan school was led by Robert Henri, who was leading a revolt against the artistic values of the time. In fact, over the years, many American artists have created art as a reaction to or a rejection of other schools of thought and artistic movements.

The American Southwest school included American artists Georgia O'Keefe and William Henry Jackson. The American Southwest painters often depicted the landscape, colors, and people of the American Southwest, which the installment of railroads after the end of World War I made it possible for artists to travel to.

The Harlem Renaissance was a movement led by African American men and women in the 1920's and 1930's who were attempting to break racial stereotypes by creating and participating in literary societies, art exhibitions, and industrial exhibitions. The visual art of the Harlem Renaissance was characterized by the art of Aaron Douglas and the photography of James Van Der Zee.

During the Depression the New Deal created by President Roosevelt allowed American artists to produce many works of art, many of which were created by some of today's most revered American Artists. During the 1950's and 1960's Abstract Expressionism exploded in popularity, influenced by the European Cubism and Surrealism. Some of the most famous American Abstract Expressionism artists were Jackson Pollack, Willem De Kooning and Franz Kline. Op Art and Pop Art became popular in America at this time as well. Andy Warhol is one of the most famous Pop Art artists, as was Roy Lichtenstein. Pop Art was characterized by satiric reproduction of American pop culture icons. Norma Rockwell and Edward Hopper were among the American Artists who embodied American realism with modern tendencies.

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In the earliest days after American declared its independence, American art usually depicted historical events of the American landscape. The first major school of American art was the Hudson River School formed in 1820. These early artists included William B.T. Trego, who painted mainly war...

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