Henry La Cagnina, Flamingos
       
     
Henry La Cagnina, The Arc
       
     
Henry La Cagnina
       
     
Henry La Cagnina
       
     
Henry La Cagnina
       
     
Henry La Cagnina
       
     
Henry La Cagnina
       
     
Alfred D. Crimi, Spaces & Planes
       
     
Alfred D. Crimi, Eye & the Shutter
       
     
Alfred D. Crimi, Beezlebub
       
     
Avery Johnson, East Martello
       
     
Art Gallery Richard Jansen.jpg
       
     
Avery Johnson, Deep Sea Fishing
       
     
Avery JohnsonFtTaylor.png
       
     
Ginger Plant Stanley Wood.jpg
       
     
Bahama House Avery Johnson.jpg
       
     
Avery Johnson Watercolor Boat.jpg
       
     
BlodgettSailboat10x14.jpg
       
     
BlodgettShipyard20x24.jpg
       
     
Blodgett Commissioner10x14.jpg
       
     
Fishing Boat Avery Johnson.jpg
       
     
Flickering Palms Avery Johnson.jpg
       
     
Stanley Wood Croton.jpg
       
     
Bahama House circa 1930'a.jpg
       
     
Benson Bond Moore FT Martello.jpg
       
     
bermudarace.jpg
       
     
F. Townsend Morgan
       
     
Art Center.jpg
       
     
WPA Artists in Key West
       
     
Erik Smith
       
     
Erik Smith pic 1.jpg
       
     
Erik Smith pic 2.jpg
       
     
F Townsend Morgan pic.jpg
       
     
Federal Emergency Relief Administration Poster
       
     
Golf Club Avery Johnson.jpg
       
     
Launch & Ship.jpg
       
     
Long Key.jpg
       
     
Oldest House.jpg
       
     
Pigeon Key.jpg
       
     
Rest Beach Sand Sellers Diggers.jpg
       
     
Rest Beach.jpg
       
     
Sailboat Indians.jpg
       
     
Rotier.jpg
       
     
Avery Johnson, Southernmost House
       
     
St. Thomas.jpg
       
     
Typical Lane Edward Bruce.jpg
       
     
SM House Engraving (1).jpg
       
     
StanleyWoodFtJeff.png
       
     
Trading Post.jpg
       
     
Turtle Crawls.jpg
       
     
T Morgan.jpg
       
     
USSS Seagull, Paddle wheeler.jpg
       
     
Widow's Walk.jpg
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Key West
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Palm at the Blue Eagle
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Bolero Bermuda
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Norfolk
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Cedar Box Factory
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Turtle Crawls
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Southernmost
       
     
 Townsend Morgan
       
     
Townsend Morgan, KW Schooner
       
     
Townsend Morgan, KW Harbor
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Charlotte Amelie
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Bermuda Race Bolero
       
     
Townsend Morgan, KW Christmas
       
     
Townsend Morgan, East Martello
       
     
Erik Smith
       
     
Erik Smith
       
     
Erik Smith
       
     
Stanley Wood, Dry Tortugas
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Turtle Boat KW
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Key West Aquarium
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Southernmost House
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Key West Light
       
     
IMG_3768.jpg
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Sponge Fisherman KW, FLA
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Oldest House
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Overseas Highway to Key West
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Thompson's Dock, Key West
       
     
Townsend Morgan , Turtle Crawls, Key West
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Old Key West Byway
       
     
Eric Smith, Key West Houses
       
     
Erik Smith, View Houses
       
     
Henry La Cagnina, Conch House
       
     
Peter Roiter, November Landscape
       
     
Peter Roiter, November Landscape
       
     
Alfred D. Crimi, Abyss, New York City
       
     
Erik Smith, Ferris Wheel
       
     
Henry La Cagnina, Flamingos
       
     
Henry La Cagnina, Flamingos

Key West was the wealthiest city per capita in 1900 and the first to go bankrupt in 1930 with 85% unemployment compared to 25% nationwide.

Years after Roosevelt launched the New Deal, the WPA artworks still offer a fascinating look at life in the Florida Keys during the 1930s. It is work that is an important record of our indigenous locale in our nation’s history.

“The 1930s was a heady time for artists in America. Through President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, the federal government paid them to paint and sculpt and urged them to look to the nation’s land and people for subjects. For the next decade—until World War II brought support to a halt—the country’s artists captured the beauty of the landscape, the industry of America’s working people, and a sense of community shared in towns large and small despite the Great Depression.”

William Hoffman recalled, “ The City of Key West was in a financial and spiritual eclipse. What had once been the wealthiest city per capita in the nation had declared bankruptcy and prevailed upon Washington for help. Single men often committed minor crimes so they would be put in jail and get free meals. The Federal Government visited the poverty-ridden island and observed that it would be the perfect place for an artists’ colony, a sort of Greenwich Village or Provincetown South.

Crimi related, “Many of the bars were bleak and uninviting, including Sloppy Joe’s with its warm beer and sloppy service.” The publicity Key West was receiving from all parts of the country attracted people from everywhere and many professions, such as artists, writers, actors, politicians and other prominent personalities. “During the eight months of my stay in Key West, I met more people of renown than I ever had in my entire life; Elizabeth Bishop (Poet Laureate) Carlo Tresca (the anarchist), Jonathan Lattimer (Perry Mason) John Dos Pasos, & Ernest Hemingway.”

“The artists on this project were assigned to do watercolors and to design posters and booklets which would be distributed to all parts of the country to attract tourists to Key West and develop it into an artists’ colony. “We were given complete freedom with no ideological barriers imposed upon us.” Bill Hoffman

The only guidance the government offered about subject matter was that the "American scene" would be a suitable topic. The Florida Keys artists embraced that idea, turning out seascapes, Key West cityscapes, and maritime scenes by the yard: harbors and wharves.

These artist were later celebrated with exhibits at the Smithsonian, Metropolitan Museum, MOMA, the Art Institute of Chicago. Purchases were made by the Fords, Flaglers, Melons and Rockefellers. Sargent graced the covers of The Saturday Evening Post. Many became art celebrities, such as DeKoonig, Jackson Pollack, Georgia O’Keefe and Mark Rothko.

Henry La Cagnina, The Arc
       
     
Henry La Cagnina, The Arc
Henry La Cagnina
       
     
Henry La Cagnina
Henry La Cagnina
       
     
Henry La Cagnina
Henry La Cagnina
       
     
Henry La Cagnina
Henry La Cagnina
       
     
Henry La Cagnina
Henry La Cagnina
       
     
Henry La Cagnina
Alfred D. Crimi, Spaces & Planes
       
     
Alfred D. Crimi, Spaces & Planes
Alfred D. Crimi, Eye & the Shutter
       
     
Alfred D. Crimi, Eye & the Shutter
Alfred D. Crimi, Beezlebub
       
     
Alfred D. Crimi, Beezlebub
Avery Johnson, East Martello
       
     
Avery Johnson, East Martello
Art Gallery Richard Jansen.jpg
       
     
Avery Johnson, Deep Sea Fishing
       
     
Avery Johnson, Deep Sea Fishing
Avery JohnsonFtTaylor.png
       
     
Ginger Plant Stanley Wood.jpg
       
     
Bahama House Avery Johnson.jpg
       
     
Avery Johnson Watercolor Boat.jpg
       
     
BlodgettSailboat10x14.jpg
       
     
BlodgettShipyard20x24.jpg
       
     
Blodgett Commissioner10x14.jpg
       
     
Fishing Boat Avery Johnson.jpg
       
     
Flickering Palms Avery Johnson.jpg
       
     
Stanley Wood Croton.jpg
       
     
Bahama House circa 1930'a.jpg
       
     
Benson Bond Moore FT Martello.jpg
       
     
bermudarace.jpg
       
     
F. Townsend Morgan
       
     
F. Townsend Morgan
Art Center.jpg
       
     
WPA Artists in Key West
       
     
WPA Artists in Key West
Erik Smith
       
     
Erik Smith
Erik Smith pic 1.jpg
       
     
Erik Smith pic 2.jpg
       
     
F Townsend Morgan pic.jpg
       
     
Federal Emergency Relief Administration Poster
       
     
Federal Emergency Relief Administration Poster
Golf Club Avery Johnson.jpg
       
     
Launch & Ship.jpg
       
     
Long Key.jpg
       
     
Oldest House.jpg
       
     
Pigeon Key.jpg
       
     
Rest Beach Sand Sellers Diggers.jpg
       
     
Rest Beach.jpg
       
     
Sailboat Indians.jpg
       
     
Rotier.jpg
       
     
Avery Johnson, Southernmost House
       
     
Avery Johnson, Southernmost House
St. Thomas.jpg
       
     
Typical Lane Edward Bruce.jpg
       
     
SM House Engraving (1).jpg
       
     
StanleyWoodFtJeff.png
       
     
Trading Post.jpg
       
     
Turtle Crawls.jpg
       
     
T Morgan.jpg
       
     
USSS Seagull, Paddle wheeler.jpg
       
     
Widow's Walk.jpg
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Key West
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Key West
Townsend Morgan, Palm at the Blue Eagle
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Palm at the Blue Eagle
Townsend Morgan, Bolero Bermuda
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Bolero Bermuda
Townsend Morgan, Norfolk
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Norfolk
Townsend Morgan, Cedar Box Factory
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Cedar Box Factory
Townsend Morgan, Turtle Crawls
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Turtle Crawls
Townsend Morgan, Southernmost
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Southernmost
 Townsend Morgan
       
     
Townsend Morgan
Townsend Morgan, KW Schooner
       
     
Townsend Morgan, KW Schooner
Townsend Morgan, KW Harbor
       
     
Townsend Morgan, KW Harbor
Townsend Morgan, Charlotte Amelie
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Charlotte Amelie
Townsend Morgan, Bermuda Race Bolero
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Bermuda Race Bolero
Townsend Morgan, KW Christmas
       
     
Townsend Morgan, KW Christmas
Townsend Morgan, East Martello
       
     
Townsend Morgan, East Martello
Erik Smith
       
     
Erik Smith
Erik Smith
       
     
Erik Smith
Erik Smith
       
     
Erik Smith
Stanley Wood, Dry Tortugas
       
     
Stanley Wood, Dry Tortugas
Townsend Morgan, Turtle Boat KW
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Turtle Boat KW
Townsend Morgan, Key West Aquarium
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Key West Aquarium
Townsend Morgan, Southernmost House
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Southernmost House
Townsend Morgan, Key West Light
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Key West Light
IMG_3768.jpg
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Sponge Fisherman KW, FLA
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Sponge Fisherman KW, FLA
Townsend Morgan, Oldest House
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Oldest House
Townsend Morgan, Overseas Highway to Key West
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Overseas Highway to Key West
Townsend Morgan, Thompson's Dock, Key West
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Thompson's Dock, Key West
Townsend Morgan , Turtle Crawls, Key West
       
     
Townsend Morgan , Turtle Crawls, Key West
Townsend Morgan, Old Key West Byway
       
     
Townsend Morgan, Old Key West Byway
Eric Smith, Key West Houses
       
     
Eric Smith, Key West Houses
Erik Smith, View Houses
       
     
Erik Smith, View Houses
Henry La Cagnina, Conch House
       
     
Henry La Cagnina, Conch House
Peter Roiter, November Landscape
       
     
Peter Roiter, November Landscape
Peter Roiter, November Landscape
       
     
Peter Roiter, November Landscape
Alfred D. Crimi, Abyss, New York City
       
     
Alfred D. Crimi, Abyss, New York City
Erik Smith, Ferris Wheel
       
     
Erik Smith, Ferris Wheel