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A black and white photograph of a group of boys in front of a building.

The black and white photograph shows a group of nine boys on the step of a building on a corner. The windows of the building are covered with grates, there is a column on the edge of the step. There is a young boy standing by himself on the right side leaning against the building. There is a young man, his back to the viewer holding onto the column watching a group of four boys kneeling or sitting behind the column, a young man stands to the left looking down. A person wearing a hat is behind him.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Ben Shahn, American (Kovno (now Kaunas), Lithuania 1898 - 1969 New York, NY)
Greenwich Village (Bethune Street, New York City)
Work Type
Creation Place: North America, United States, New York State, New York City
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Physical Descriptions

Gelatin silver print
mount (original mount): 20.2 x 25.3 cm (7 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)
image: 16 x 24.2 cm (6 5/16 x 9 1/2 in.)
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Signed: Ben Shahn
  • inscription: recto of mount, lower left, purple ink, in artist's hand: Greenwich village
  • inscription: recto of mount, lower right, blue ink, signed, in artist's hand: Ben Shahn
  • inscription: signature in ink on the mount in the lower right corner beneath the image; "Greenwich Village" in ink on the mount in the lower left corner beneath the image

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Bernarda Bryson Shahn
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

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Exhibition History

  • 32Q: 1320 Social Realism, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/29/2015 - 10/14/2015
  • Painting for the People: Ben Shahn and the Art of Social Justice, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, 10/03/2023 - 02/26/2024

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