Shahn, Ben

   Born in Lithuania, Ben Shahn immigrated to the United States with his family in 1906 and settled in Brooklyn, New York. He trained as a typographer and studied at New York University from 1919 to 1921, City College of New York in 1922, and the National Academy of Design in 1922. His paintings of Italian anarchists Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, executed after being convicted for murder, and of labor activist Tom Mooney, attracted public attention, and Shahn worked as an assistant to Diego Rivera on a controversial mural in Rockefeller Center in New York City in 1933. He also worked on a mural for the New York Public Works Administration. He was recommended to Roy Stryker, the head of the Resettlement Administration (RA), by Walker Evans and joined the team of photographers documenting the United States during the Great Depression. Shahn left the RA, then the Farm Security Administration, in 1938. He worked on a number of government commissions as a muralist and from 1942 to 1943 produced graphic designs for the Office of War Information, creating several powerful antifascist posters. Shahn also did work for the Congress of Industrial Organizations and Political Action Committee. In 1947, he worked for Henry A. Wallace producing campaign materials and posters. Notable among his later work is The Saga of the Lucky Dragon (1960-1962), depicting the experience of Japanese fishermen exposed to radiation due to U.S. nuclear tests in the Pacific.

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  • SHAHN, BEN — (1898–1969), U.S. painter and printmaker. Born in Kaunas (Kovno), Lithuania, he was taken to the United States at the age of eight. He studied lithography and for many years supported himself and his family by means of commercial lithography. A… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Shahn, Ben — ▪ American artist byname of  Benjamin Shahn   born September 12, 1898, Kaunas, Russia [now in Lithuania] died March 14, 1969, New York, New York, U.S.  American painter and graphic artist whose work, displaying a combination of realism and… …   Universalium

  • Shahn, Ben — (1898–1969)    US artist. Shahn was brought to the United States from Lithuania as a child. He became a leading American painter, muralist, li thographer and illustrator. His work has strong overtones of left wing politics and social satire. He… …   Who’s Who in Jewish History after the period of the Old Testament

  • Shahn, Ben — (1898 1969)    American painter and graphic artist. He was born in Kovno, Lithuania. He settled in the US, but later travelled to Europe and North Africa. He made an early series of paintings based on the Dreyfus Affair. His later works include… …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

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  • Shahn, Ben(jamin) — born Sept. 12, 1898, Kaunas, Russia died March 14, 1969, New York, N.Y., U.S. Lithuanian born U.S. painter and graphic artist. His family immigrated to New York City in 1906. As a youth he worked as a lithographer s apprentice; he later attended… …   Universalium

  • Shahn, Ben(jamin) — (12 sep. 1898, Kaunas, Rusia–14 mar. 1969, Nueva York, N.Y., EE.UU.). Pintor y artista gráfico estadounidense de origen lituano. Su familia emigró a la ciudad de Nueva York en 1906. De joven, trabajó como aprendiz de litógrafo y posteriormente… …   Enciclopedia Universal

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  • Shahn — Ben Shahn (* 12. September 1898 in Kaunas, Litauen; † 14. März 1969 in New York City, New York) war ein US amerikanischer Maler und Grafiker und gilt als ein Vertreter des sozialen Realismus, einer Richtung des Amerikanischen Realismus. Er trat… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Ben Shahn — Infobox Artist bgcolour = #6495ED name = Ben Shahn imagesize = 200px caption = Ben Shahn, poster for the US Department of War Information, 1943 birthname = Benjamin Shahn birthdate = September 12, 1898 location = Kovno, Lithuania deathdate =… …   Wikipedia

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