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Abstract linocut print depicting three figures with long necks and their heads in the clouds

Object | Accession Number: 2015.609.11

Black and red linocut print by Harold Lehman depicting a surrealist image of three human bodies with elongated necks and their heads in a cloud. The image is a criticism of American isolationists who did not want to get involved in World War II. Lehman’s depiction implies they are looking up and ignoring what is happening around them. 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
Isolationists
Date
1938  (creation)
Geography
creation : New York (N.Y.)
Language
English
Classification
Art
Category
Prints
Object Type
Linocuts (tgm)
Genre/Form
Linocut.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Lehman Trager
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Record last modified: 2018-06-07 15:11:59
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