The main figure in Reisman’s painting symbolizes the dangers that follow blind patriotism. Selling cheap tokens of American pride, the peddler is about to step out into the street on a red light, ignoring the rules that govern everyday life.
Philip Reisman, God Bless America, 1940. Oil on masonite, 25 ½ x 17 ½ in.
Museum Purchase, Derby Fund, from the Philip J. and Suzanne Schiller Collection of American Social Commentary Art 1930-1970
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