Art Sunday #135: Seymour Fogel – The Wealth of the Nation


Seymour Fogel (August 24, 1911 – December 4, 1984) was an American artist whose artistic output included social realist art early in the century, abstract art and expressionist art at mid-century, and transcendental art late in the century. His drive to experiment led him to work with expected media – oil paints, watercolors, and acrylics – as well as unconventional media such as glass, plastics, sand, and wax.

The murals Seymour Fogel executed for the PWAP expressed a persistent optimism – a faith in the institutions and qualities of the American character that many said had been trampled and destabilized by the Great Depression.

Fogel was, in this mural, illustrating Roosevelt’s dictum that “In our personal ambitions we are individualists. But in our seeking for economic and political progress as a nation, we all go up or else all go down as one people.”



13 responses to “Art Sunday #135: Seymour Fogel – The Wealth of the Nation

  1. Excellent painting ! Those were the days.
    I’m currently painting a picture which I’ve titled “Waiting for the coal jobs to come back to Kentucky and Appalachia” it features Donald Trump taking huge amounts of money from the coal industry and petrochemical oligarchs from Russia while unemployed coal miners wonder where their Healthcare and Social Security went… that’s the rest of the world enjoys a booming economy from renewable energy.

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