27 September 2004
Ben Shahn (1898-1969)
signed 'Ben Shahn' (lower right)
gouache on cardboard
7¾ x 8½ in. (19.7 x 21.6 cm.)
Executed circa 1940-42.
Kennedy Galleries, Inc., New York.
Berry-Hill Galleries, Inc., New York.
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The present work is a study for The Meaning of Social Security, a mural in the Social Security Building (now the Wilber J. Cohen Building, Health and Human Services), Washington, D.C.
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous
Ahead of the sale of portraits of four different muses, we focus on the women the artist came to depend on so passionately