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Double-sided artist’s study for a poster of a soldier pulling a grenade pin with his teeth

Object | Accession Number: 2016.547.2

Pencil sketch by Harold Lehman of a soldier in right profile pulling the pin from a grenade with his teeth. Through a partnership with Associated American Artists and the United States Treasury Department, Abbott Laboratories created a program to produce war bond advertisement posters for distribution across the United States. Reeves Lewenthal, head of the Associated American Artists, met with Lehman and asked him to design a poster with the theme of an invasion of Europe. Lehman took a piece of Lewenthal’s note paper and immediately drew this sketch in his office, The sketch was used as a study for the poster "Get Your Might into the Fight" (see 2016.547.3). The image, a right profile close up of a soldier’s face, is an adaptation of Michelangelo’s David. In place of the sling on David’s shoulder is a grenade in the soldier’s mouth. 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 other War Bond advertisements, pro-American propaganda, and anti-fascist pieces.

Date
1944 January-1944 May 01  (creation)
Geography
creation : New York (N.Y.)
Language
English
Classification
Art
Category
Drawings
Genre/Form
Lithographs.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Lehman Trager
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Record last modified: 2018-08-28 08:40:55
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