Ben Shahn Liberation, 1945
Shahn was most notable for his work depicting the unfair trial and wrongful executions of Sacco and Vanzetti (1931-1932), two Italian immigrants who were wrongfully accused of murder and armed robbery in the 1930’s. The men were not only immigrants, but self-proclaimed anarchists with socialist values. This controversial trial represented the injustices faced by minorities, and those who viewed capitalism with a grain of salt.
After the Depression and World War II, Shahn’s work had less of an immediate social context. His paintings were more contemplative and melancholy, driven by emotion. This is one of my favorite Shahn paintings, an end-of-war piece that embodies the desolation felt in post-war society. It can be found at the MoMA.Posted 2 years ago with 46 notes