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Painted gouache study of four allied soldiers standing in line for a United Front Parade float

Object | Accession Number: 2015.609.2

Gouache study on board by Harold Lehman depicting four uniformed soldiers, one from each of the major Allied nations of WWII. Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint. It has a heavy, velvety texture that absorbs light rather than reflecting it, which gives the paint a smooth appearance. The image was made while Lehman was working at the Siquieros Experimental Workshop in New York City and was the original sketch for a parade float for New York City’s United Front parade in 1941. The float was an advertisement for donations for the Red Cross. An award winning painter, muralist and sculptor, Harold Lehman was known for making political statements with his artwork. He was born and raised in New York City, but moved to Los Angeles as a teenager, attending the Otis Art Institute. While in L.A. he worked with Phil Guston, Jackson Pollock, D.A. Siqueiros, and Manuel Tolegain. In 1941, Harold moved back to New York and continued his career, working with the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) and the Federal Art Project, both New Deal programs to employ artists. He also worked with the Treasury department and Abbott Laboratories to create War Bond advertisements, pro-American propaganda, and anti-fascist pieces.

creation:  1941
creation: New York (N.Y.)
Object Type
Painting (lcsh)
Gouache Painting.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Lehman Trager
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:56:03
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