Guglielmi was inspired by President Franklin Roosevelt's "One-Third of a Nation" speech that addressed poverty to create this painting and another, very similar one in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After World War II, the US State Department's Office of International Information and Cultural Affairs selected and purchased "Tenements" for a collection of modern American art. The State Department opened the exhibition "Advancing American Art" in 1946 at the Met. Congress, however, did not approve, and the State Department auctioned off the entire collection. The Georgia Museum of Art purchased 10 works from the auction, including this one.


  • Title: Tenements
  • Creator: O. Louis Guglielmi
  • Date Created: 1939
  • Physical Dimensions: 35 1/2 × 25 1/2 inches
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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