Support: Laid paper, folded
Sheet: 50.5 x 81 cm (19 7/8 x 31 7/8 in.); Image: 39.2 x 33.5 cm (15 7/16 x 13 3/16 in.)
Gift of Mary Ryan 1999.305
Catalogue raisonné: Mary Ryan's Gallery 74
Screenprinting was originally used for commercial purposes sometime in the early 20th century. During the early 1930s artists started to use the technique to make original prints, a practice propelled by the founding of the Silk Screen Unit of the Graphics Section of the New York City WPA (Works Progress Administration) Art Project in 1938, one of a number of federal programs that provided employment for artists during the Depression. This powerful and poignant image is from a portfolio of 19 screenprints that accompanied a text by Vice President Henry A. Wallace, a project conceived as a contribution to the war effort in 1943.
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