1938. Oil on canvas. Signed and dated by the artist, Leon Bibel. In the 1930s, Leon Bibel enrolled first in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and then the mural division of the Works Project Administration (WPA). He soon became one of the most recognizable artists of the New Deal era, exhibiting a style grounded in his firsthand labor experience and in the emotions of the downtrodden working classes. Born in a shtetl in Poland, Bibel further imbued his artwork with the hopefulness and solidarity central to the many immigrants coming to the United States in the early 20th century.
Here, the best of his artistic vision is on display. Bright colors and bold lines carry the eye to the darkest parts of the scene: the deep eyes and open mouths of the striking workers. Their faces and voices, at once distinct and diverse, call for fairness and justice with an insistence still so poignant today. Above them, a raised fist in the foreground evokes a similarly transcendent symbolism of resistance. Fine. Framed. (20 by 16 in.). Item #30488