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by Julius T. Bloch

Bloch was well known for his portraits of Depression-era subjects especially the African-American man. The Negro History Bulletin (December 1956) announced that Bloch is “widely recognized for his psychological character studies of the Negro.”

The anguish of the figure here is clearly evident in the face and hands. What about the way the hands are depicted helps you understand the prisoner’s stress and pain? 

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Julius Block - Prisoner

Julius T.  Bloch, Prisoner, 1930s. Lithograph, 13 ¼ x 9 7/8  in.

Museum Purchase, Derby Fund, from the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970

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George Biddle Adolf Dehn Jacob Lawrence Jacob Lawrence Julius T. Bloch George Tooker

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Romare Bearden
George Biddle
Julius T. Bloch
Adolf Dehn
Joseph Delaney
Boris Gorelick
Robert Gwathmey
Joe Jones
Jacob Lawrence
Louis Lozowick
Elijah Pierce
Ben Shahn
George Tooker
James Turnbull

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