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Anti-Nazi pastel drawing of a gagged man

Object | Accession Number: 2015.609.12

Pastel anti-Nazi drawing by Harold Lehman depicting a man with an upturned head with a black band with a red swastika around his mouth. The man is being silenced by the Nazis, showing how the authoritarian regime restricted free speech and other rights of its people. 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.

creation:  1942-1943
creation: Woodstock (N.Y.)
Object Type
Pastel drawing (lcsh)
Pastel Drawing.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Lehman Trager
Record last modified: 2023-02-23 16:50:58
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