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Propaganda painting of a woman and baby promoting sympathy for the Soviet Union

Object | Accession Number: 2015.609.3

Tempera painting on board by Harold Lehman depicting a woman holding a baby and looking through a broken wall at the ruins of a bombed out building. Tempera is a paint medium of dry pigments mixed with a water-soluble binder, such as egg yolk. This piece likely depicts the aftermath of Germany’s invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. 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.

Title
Russian War Relief
Date
1943  (creation)
Geography
creation : Woodstock (N.Y.)
Classification
Art
Category
Paintings
Genre/Form
Tempera Painting.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Lehman Trager
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Record last modified: 2018-06-06 15:47:00
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