DescriptionWILLIAM GROPPER (1897-1978)
Senate, c.1934, from his Senate series
India ink on paper
21in. x 18.5in. (sight size)
Signed lower right: Gropper
Metropolitan Museum of Art record form label on verso inscribed: William Gropper/ Croton-on-Hudson/ Senate
Provenance: Hotel Dennis Art Gallery, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Exhibited: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, American Water Colors, Drawings, and Prints, 1952
New York born artist William Gropper was a painter and cartoonist who focused on social concerns and was actively engaged in the organized labor movement throughout his career. He created many illustrations and cartoons for the New York Tribune, Vanity Fair, and the left wing New Masses. Some of his works focused on the hypocrisy of government figures, especially members of the United States Senate, as seen in the present drawing from his Senate Series. As a young man, Gropper was a student of Robert Henri and George Bellows at the Ferrer School from 1912 to 1915. He did fine art painting on the side until the early 1920s and had his first solo exhibition in 1936. In 1938, he completed a mural for the Department of the Interior in Washington DC. His artwork is housed in important public collections, including the Phoenix Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Newark Museum, Brooklyn Art Museum, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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