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Urban Poverty

The Unemployed

by Raphael Soyer

The scope of the unemployment problem during the Great Depression is poignantly portrayed in this 1931 painting. 

Weary men stand in line and scan the newspaper for jobs in what appears to be an industrial area of a large city.  Many others are stretched out on benches trying to catch some rest while still hoping to be available for potential employment. The dramatic diagonals of the benches lead the viewer back into the emptiness of industrial buildings that show no sign of economic activity.

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Raphael Soyer, The Unemployed, 1931.  Oil on canvas, 10 x 16 in. 

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

Other Artwork Dealing With Urban Poverty...
Ida Abelman Francis Chapin Phillip Evergood George Gilbert Irwin Hoffman
Morris Huberland Morris Huberland Elizabeth Olds Moses Soyer Raphael Soyer

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Ida Abelman
Thomas Hart Benton
Lucienne Bloch
Harry Brodsky
Paul Cadmus
Francis Chapin
Jack Delano
Phillip Evergood
George Gilbert
Hugo Gellert
Joseph Hirsch
Irwin Hoffman
Morris Huberland
Merritt Mauzey
Elizabeth Olds
Walter Quirt
Moses Soyer
Raphael Soyer
Lynd Ward

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