Self-Portrait Among Churchgoers

Art on Sunday #11

Self-Portrait Among Churchgoers, 1939, Tempera on Board, Ben Shahn, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, August 1, 2015

Self-Portrait Among Churchgoers,
1939, Tempera on Board, Ben Shahn,
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, August 1, 2015

Ben Shahn is the name of a photographer I recognize from my interest in photography from the Great Depression. I didn’t realize that he was also a renowned painter and graphic artist.  In 1935, Shahn joined the photographic group at the U.S. Farm Security Administration, where he roamed and documented the American south through photography.

Ben Shahn was a Lithuanian-born American artist. He is best known for his works of social realism, his left-wing political views, and his series of lectures published as The Shape of Content. Wikipedia

An amateur is someone who supports himself with outside jobs which enable him to paint. A professional is someone whose wife works to enable him to paint. Ben Shahn.


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