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Beside the Dying

Beside the Dying

c. 1968
(American, 1898–1969)
© Estate of Ben Shahn / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Location: not on view

Did You Know?

Ben Shahn began his career as a commercial lithographer, where he learned the techniques seen in this print.


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.
  • Hawken School, Gates Mills, OH
    March 2, 2020
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • Prescott, Kenneth W., and Ben Shahn. The Complete Graphic Works of Ben Shahn. 1973. p. 115, fig. 134
  • {{cite web|title=Beside the Dying|url=false|author=Ben Shahn, Mourlot Editions|year=c. 1968|access-date=04 March 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

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