My research revolves around the 1920’s. Reading The Great Gatsby has given me a good sense of this time period but it is always better to learn more. My object of choice is the painting Palais d’Or by Howard Thain. This painting is of a popular New York club from the 1920s as seen through the eyes of Thain. Thain enjoyed seeing the different parts of New York and tried to share his sights through his paintings. Palais d’Or represents the exciting parts of the 1920’s such as drinking, parties and jazz bands. Drinking was very popular at this time because it was illegal. By prohibiting alcohol, the government, without intending to, increased the demand for it. Also, in the 1920s, people began to spend more money in order to keep up with the spending habits of their neighbors. A phrase that represents this clearly is “keeping up with the Joneses”. People wanted to seem as wealthy as the people they lived around even if this meant having to spend money on expensive items that they didn’t need. This desire to “keep up with the Joneses” also made people want to seem interesting to their neighbors and therefore caused them to attend more parties. Lastly, I would like to touch on jazz in the 1920s. Jazz was common in a lot of clubs in the 1920s. Clubs or restaurants would hire musicians and orchestras to play during social events. Also many musicians were able to impact jazz largely through their accomplishments and music. This includes Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and Duke Ellington. In other words, the 1920s was a festive time period in which living life to the fullest was popularized and this is clearly evident in Thain’s painting Palais d’Or.