Five-Minute Museum

Depression-era prints that celebrate work

During the Great Depression, printmakers -- many working for the WPA -- took American labor as their subject

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    © Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

    Thomas Hart Benton, "Missouri Farmyard," 1936. Lithograph.

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    © Benton Testamentary Trusts/UMB Bank Trustee/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

    Thomas Hart Benton, "Island Hay," 1945. Lithograph.

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    © Estate of Minna Citron/Licensed by VAGA, NY, NY/ Est. Represented by the Susan Teller Gallery, NY

    Minna Citron, "Strike News," 1938. Lithograph.

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    Harry Gottlieb, "Rock Drillers," 1939. Screenprint.

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    © Estate of Paul Landacre/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

    Paul H. Landacre, "Amateurs," 1937. Wood engraving.

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    Hershel Levit, "Dam Builders," 1937. Lithograph.

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    Riva Helfond, "Custom Made," 1940. Lithograph.

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    © 2012 Estate of Reginald Marsh / Art Students League, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    Reginald Marsh, "Loco-Erie Watering," 1929. Etching.

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    © 2012 The Pollock-Krasner Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    Jackson Pollock, "Stacking Hay," 1935-1936. Lithograph.

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    © Figge Art Museum, successors to the Estate of Nan Wood Graham/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

    Grant Wood, "In the Spring," 1939. Lithograph.

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