Many Cities

c. 1968
(American, 1898–1969)
© Estate of Ben Shahn / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
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This image was inspired by a drawing that Ben Shahn made in 1953 that depicted European cities bombed during World War II.


This print belongs to a series based on the German writer Rainer Maria Rilke’s autobiographical novel The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, which dealt with the challenge of artistic creation amidst feelings of loneliness, anxiety, and defeat. American artist Ben Shahn used evocative images to suggest rather than directly interpret the poet’s words.
Many Cities

Many Cities

c. 1968

Ben Shahn, Mourlot Editions

(American, 1898–1969), null
America, 20th century

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