Sep 3, 2020

Many Cities

Rilke Portfolio

Many Cities

c. 1968

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Ben Shahn

(American, 1898–1969)

printer

Mourlot Editions

Lithograph

Gift of the Hawken School 2020.98.1

Location

Did you know?

This image was inspired by a drawing that Ben Shahn made in 1953 that depicted European cities bombed during World War II.

Description

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.

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Collection: 
PR - Lithograph
Department: 
Prints
Type of artwork: 
Print
Medium: 
Lithograph

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