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    got out of art school

    I got out of art school in 1930. That was the proper time for any artist to get out of school. (Laughs). Everybody was unemployed, and the artist didn't seem strange any more...The WPA was founded then, '33, '34.

    1. Does "got out of art school" mean "graduation" or "drop out"?
    2. Why does the second line sound funny?
    3. Do '33, '34.mean 1933 and 1934?

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    Re: got out of art school

    not a teacher

    I would assume that he graduated in 1930. To me, there's no indication that he dropped out.

    I think he was merely amused by the idea that the Depression put artists, who traditionally lead lives of irregular employment, on a similar footing with the rest of the workforce, rather than being outsiders.

    The Works Progress Administration was established in 1935. I think the speaker was just approximating the date as he remembered it.

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    Re: got out of art school

    Isn't his writing style too much of colloquial one instead of being neat and systematic?

    I think he was merely amused by the idea that the Depression put artists, who traditionally lead lives of irregular employment, on a similar footing with the rest of the workforce, rather than being outsiders.
    That was the proper time for any artist to get out of school.

    => Was the writer make fun of artists taking ordinary jobs instead of art jobs due to the economic situation? It still sounds weird to me.

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    Re: got out of art school

    not a teacher

    Isn't his writing style too much of colloquial one instead of being neat and systematic?

    I assume that these examples are transcripts of conversations and they retain that informal tone.

    I don't think he is making fun of artists, so much as being amused at the irony of the situation. By "proper time" I think he means that it was, in a sense, an advantageous time for artists because they were seen as needing employment just like anyone else, and the setting up of the WPA provided many of them with paid opportunities for using their skills which might not have come along in different circumstances.

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