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American buy war bonds poster featuring a soldier pulling a grenade pin with his teeth

Object | Accession Number: 2016.547.3

Offset lithographic poster by Harold Lehman of a soldier in right profile pulling the pin from a grenade with his teeth. Through a partnership with Abbott Laboratories and the United States Treasury Department, Associated American Artists 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 note paper and immediately sketched the study for this poster (see 2016.547.2). 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.

Get Your Might into the Fight
creation:  1944 May 01
distribution: United States
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Lehman Trager
Record last modified: 2023-08-28 07:27:07
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