This day in Jewish history / An artist who painted his politics is born
Ben Shahn's social realism focused on social injustices, the Great Depression, and Jewish themes like the Passover story.
September 12, 1898, was the birthdate of Ben Shahn, the highly topical painter, printmaker and photographer whose works still serve as a running commentary on the historical trends of 20th-century American history. Shahn’s highly accessible style and clear political sentiments meant that his work was both extremely popular and recognizable, but also led to his being dismissed as a mere “illustrator,”...
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