Social Concern and Left Politics in Jewish American Art: by Matthew Baigell

By Matthew Baigell

This e-book explores the real and infrequently tested connections among the humanitarian issues embedded within the spiritual background of Jewish American artists and the attraction of radical political motives among the years of the good Migration from japanese Europe within the Eighteen Eighties and the start of worldwide conflict II within the past due Nineteen Thirties. visible fabric is composed basically of political cartoons released in leftwing Yiddish- and English-language newspapers and magazines. Artists frequently commented on present occasions utilizing biblical and different Jewish references, that means that no matter what have been their political matters, their Jewish background was once ever current. through the past due Forties, the most obvious ties among political pursuits and non secular issues mostly disappeared. The textual content, set opposed to occasions of the times--the Russian Revolution, the melancholy and the increase of fascism through the Thirties in addition to existence on New York's reduce East Side--includes artists' statements in addition to the suggestions of non secular, literary, and political figures starting from Marx to Trotsky to newspaper editor Abraham Cahan to modern paintings critics together with Meyer Schapiro.

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