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Father Caughlin

by Ben Shahn

Catholic priest Father Charles Coughlin became nationally known in the 1930s as a radio speaker, famous for denouncing organized labor, the New Deal, and Jews.  His radically conservative views were an easy target for artists such as Shahn

Shahn’s painting shows Coughlin as a fanatical speaker, fist raised and head twisted into a pose not unlike Adolf Hitler’s. 

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Ben Shahn - Father Coughlin

Ben Shahn, Father Coughlin, 1939.  Ink and wash on paper, 15 ½ x 12 in.

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

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