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The Rise of Fascism


by Joseph Leboit

Leboit’s etching is a criticism of his peers: artists who, even in the face of a devastating war, still remain locked up in their studios, creating abstract art. 

The refusal to acknowledge the outside world conflicts, Leboit implies, can only lead to a false sense of tranquility and security.  Not only does the artist’s self inflicted solitude rob his society of his ideas and influences, it will also result in his death once the planes outside the window reach him. 

Do you think artists should create art that takes a position on social issues?  Why or why not?

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Joseph Leboit - Tranquility

Joseph Leboit, Tranquility, 1936.  Etching and aquatint, 14 x 11 in.

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

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Joseph Leboit
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Miriam McKinnie Hofmeier
Leo Meissner
Bernard Perlin
Anton Refreiger
Philip Reisman
David Robbins
Ben Shahn
Harry Sternberg
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