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A painting of a group of people standing in front of a brick wall.

The painting shows a group of men and women standing in an open space in front of a brick wall which runs along the left side of the painting. The painting joins a fence in the center, the fence runs along the background to the right side. The tops of trees are visible against a dark blue sky with white streaks. The group is crowded together in a small space, only the heads and faces of most are visible. Some have their arms raised, their hands clasped in a fist.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Ben Shahn, American (Kovno (now Kaunas), Lithuania 1898 - 1969 New York, NY)
Other Titles
Series/Book Title: The Mooney Case, 1932-1933
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States, New York State, New York City
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Physical Descriptions

Gouache on paper mounted to masonite
image: 40.1 x 56.3 cm (15 13/16 x 22 3/16 in.)
framed: 58 × 74.6 × 2.5 cm (22 13/16 × 29 3/8 × 1 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: l.l. in red paint: Ben Shahn
  • inscription: recto, lower left, red gouache, English, signed, in artist's hand: Ben Shahn


Recorded Ownership History
Ben Shahn, created 1933; by descent to Judith Shahn and Ezra Shahn; [James Reinish & Associates, Inc., NYC], sold; to Harvard Art Museums, 2011.

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Richard Norton Memorial Fund
© Estate of Ben Shahn / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Exhibition History

  • Ben Shahn: Cross Media Artist, Photograph, Painting and Graphic Art, The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama, Kanagawa, 12/03/2011 - 01/29/2012; Nagoya City Art Museum, Nagoya, 02/11/2012 - 03/25/2012; The Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art, Okayama-shi, 04/08/2012 - 05/20/2012
  • Recent Acquisitions, Part II: Building the Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 06/19/2012 - 09/29/2012
  • 32Q: 1320 Social Realism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 11/16/2014 - 04/29/2015
  • Shahn, Mooney, and the Apotheosis of American Labor, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, 07/22/2018 - 11/25/2018

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