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Cold War


by Ben Shahn

By 1953, anticommunism hysteria was in full swing. Senator Joseph McCarthy was heading the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, legislation was being passed that enabled government investigations and arrests of suspected Communists, and Ethel and Julius Rosenberg were executed for allegedly conspiring with the Soviets.

How does Ben Shahn communicate his feelings about the state of the nation? 

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Ben Shahn, Discord

Ben Shahn, Discord, 1953, Watercolor on paper, 7 11/16 in. x 9 1/2 in. (19.5 cm x 24.2 cm) 

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

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Anton Refregier

Ben Shahn

Ben Shahn

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Anton Refreiger
Philip Reisman
David Robbins
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