William GROPPER

The egalitarian nature of the print medium was suited perfectly for artist William Gropper (1897-1977). Born in the Lower East Side tenements of New York City to poor Jewish garment workers, Gropper grasped onto the communist ideals that lifted up the worker and championed the underdog. He began his career as a satirical cartoonist for a number of New York's newspapers, skewering society's ills like greed, prejudice and exploitation. As his reputation grew, he also created fine art prints and paintings that depicted similar thematic concerns as his cartoons. His work was characterized by expressive human figures with strong brushwork and a sense of dramatic immediacy. Gropper's artwork depicted a populist narrative that made the anti-communism U.S. government nervous, landing Gropper on McCarthy's blacklist in 1953. Gropper's career rebounded, however, and he continued to create social-realist prints and paintings until his death in 1977.  
William Gropper - Uprooted - social commentary - etching
$500

Uprooted

GROPPER, William

Etching printed in bistre ink on Rives wove paper.Edition of 35.Signed and numbered “1/35” in pencil.

William Gropper - Horsemen - lithograph - 1935
$500

Horsemen

GROPPER, William

Lithograph on wove paper.References: Steinberg, p. 296; Windisch and Cole 602. Published by “Associated American Artists”. Edition of 250. Signed a...

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