Ben Shahn (1898-1969)
Ben Shahn (1898-1969)

Barbed Wire Paradise

Ben Shahn (1898-1969)
Barbed Wire Paradise
signed 'Ben Shahn' (lower right)
gouache on paper laid down on board
13½ x 9 in. (34.3 x 22.9 cm.), sight size
Painted in 1959.
The artist.
[With]The Downtown Gallery, New York.
Private collection, acquired from the above, circa 1960s.
Private collection.
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
D. Brelis, Shalom, Boston, Massachusetts, 1959, cover illustration. Z. Amishai-Maisels, Depiction and Interpretation: The Influence of the Holocaust on the Visual Arts, Oxford, England, 1993, p. 132.

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The present work was commissioned in 1959 for the book jacket of the novel Shalom by Dean Brelis.

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