Maker and role
Artist: Ben Shahn, American, born Russia (now Lithuania), 1898-1969
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Born in what is now Lithuania, Ben Shahn and his family settled in New York in 1906. As a leading Social Realist painter during the Great Depression, Shahn gained a better understanding of the current political climate by sketching and painting individuals and events in the news. However, he went to great lengths to make his art politically neutral - he was impelled to tell a story, to draw the picture, but to leave conclusions to others.
The Sylvan and Mary Lang Collection: An Exhibition on the Occasion of the Opening of the Sylvan and Mary Lang Galleries, March, 1973; 1973; no. 33
Modern Art at the McNay: A Brief History and Pictorial Survey of the Collection; William J. Chiego; 2001; p. 188