This fantastic, quirky lithographic image of a boy doing a head stand on a bicycle is by Ben Shahn (1898 - 1969), one of the 20th century’s most important artists. Known as a Social Realist, Shahn was a committed humanist, often using the poor and oppressed as his subjects and blurring the lines between mass media and fine art. Shahn was a champion of the common people and fought injustice and oppression throughout his career.
This particular image is one that Shahn created more than once in his long career. This lithograph I am selling was created for the Kennedy Galleries in 1968 in an edition of 500. There is another version done as a screen print in 1947 in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.
CONDITION is very good. The piece is signed in the plate and framed in a sturdy, hefty metal frame that is welded at the corners, not a common section frame - it does show wear and scratches that may be able to be polished out. It does not have a backing of archival material, and although there does not appear to be any damage to the poster, this should be corrected. Measures 35 ⅝” x 24 ½” overall, with a sight size of 35” x 23 ⅞” - Weighs 11 lbs. 10 oz.
By the time Shahn created this poster, he was a master of composition and line, his skill and playfulness shine through. In just a few lines he creates delight. Enjoy!
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