Film depicts the new "American masters": artists Raphael Soyer, John Sloan, Thomas Hart Benton, Reginald Marsh, and Abraham Walkowitz at work. It traces the history of modern American art back to "the Eight", the group of artists which included John Sloan, and discusses the demand for paintings in the art market. Produced by Regency Pictures; written/produced by R.T. Furman, Jr.; directed by Hal Frater; photography/co-direction by Alfredo Valente Note that distortion of soundtrack and film frame exist in the original print. Distortion is not due to faulty transfer or film shrinkage, and could not be corrected through standard conservation approaches.
This film was preserved, and digital access copies were created, with funding provided by the National Film Preservation Foundation.
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Washington, D.C. 20560