"Every age projects its own images into its art." Social Realism (1930-1945), began during the Great Depression. The movement was divided into two groups of artists with different approaches to depicting what was occurring in the world. The Social Realists were dedicated to depicting the social troubles of the lower urban classes. The Regionalists painted more positively as a hope to bringing the nation out of depression by showing them that there was hope for a better future. Social Realism was characterized by scenes depicting industrial and urban landscapes and scenes on collective farms portraying the suffering of the lower classes caused by the Great Depression. Two artists that portrayed this period well was Sir Hubert von Herkomer (1849-1914) and Ben Shahn (1898-1969).