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Anti-Nazi lithograph featuring Hitler surrounded by children’s faces

Object | Accession Number: 2015.609.9

Black and white offset lithograph on paper by Harold Lehman showing Adolf Hitler ringed by several children’s ghostly faces. The image is artist Harold Lehman’s reaction to the bombing of the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. In April 1937, at the request of Francisco Franco, German planes bombed Guernica, killing 1,600 civilians, destroying 70% of the town and shocking the American public. The piece was exhibited in the Alma Reed Gallery. Alma Reed was formerly an American reporter who worked in Mexico. In 1928 she left journalism and opened an art gallery in New York. 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
Guernica
Date
1937 June  (creation)
Geography
creation : New York (N.Y.)
Language
English
Classification
Art
Category
Prints
Object Type
Lithographs (aat)
Genre/Form
Lithograph.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Lehman Trager
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Record last modified: 2019-02-11 06:58:44
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