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Pencil caricature of William Randolph Hearst and Adolf Hitler in a boat for Anti-Hearst Day

Object | Accession Number: 2015.609.5

Pencil sketch by Harold Lehman for the design of a boat float with Adolf Hitler and William Randolph Hearst with revolving, interchangeable heads sitting back to back in the center. The float was meant to sail along the beach of Coney Island on July 4, 1936 which was proclaimed Anti-Hearst Day by the Anti-fascist movement. William Randolph Hearst was one of the largest newspaper and magazine publishers in the United States. In the 1930s he commissioned Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, and other high ranking Nazis to write columns for his papers. The float was made by the Siquieros Experimental Workshop in New York City, where Harold Lehman worked. 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
Anti-Hearst Day-July 4 1936 Coney Island - NYC
Date
1936  (creation)
Geography
creation : New York (N.Y.)
Language
English
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Object Type
Pencil drawing (lcsh)
Genre/Form
Pencil drawing.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Lehman Trager
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Record last modified: 2018-06-07 14:29:38
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