Mar 7, 2008

Century of the Common Man: Free Man's Duties 3

Century of the Common Man: Free Man's Duties 3


Hugo Gellert

(American, 1892–1985)

published by

International Workers Order, Inc.

Color screenprint

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

Edition: 54



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.

See also
PR - Screenprint
Type of artwork: 
Credit line: 
Gift of Mary Ryan

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