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The Bay Area Figurative Movement: A Return to Figuration

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The Bay Area Figurative Movement, also known as the Bay Area Figurative School, was a significant mid-20th-century art movement originating in the San Francisco Bay Area. It represented a radical shift away from the prevailing style of Abstract Expressionism towards a renewed interest in figuration in painting. This movement spanned from the 1950s through the 1960s and included multiple generations of artists who collectively shaped a unique and influential chapter in American art history. David Park - Canoe Origins and Context During the mid-20th century, the New York School of Abstract Expressionism was the dominant force in the American art scene. Known for its emphasis on non-objective, expressive forms, Abstract Expressionism had garnered international acclaim. Meanwhile, in the San Francisco Bay Area, artists were developing their own variant of this influential style. However, a group of Bay Area artists soon began to diverge from non-objective abstraction, seeking to reintroduc