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Painting of two concentration camp inmates standing behind a barbed wire fence

Object | Accession Number: 2015.609.8

Black and white ink wash painting on paper by Harold Lehman depicting two malnourished, shirtless concentration camp inmates behind a concrete barrier with glass shards and a barbed wire fence. Harold Lehman painted this piece after learning of the Nazi atrocities in Europe. An award winning painter, muralist and sculptor, Harold Lehman was known for making political statements with his artwork. Harold 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:  1942-1946
creation: Woodstock (N.Y.)
Ink painting.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Lehman Trager
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:09:23
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