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Collection: American Art
Date: 1982
Artist/Maker: Rudolf Baranik
Classification: Prints

As a self-styled “social formalist,” Rudolf Baranik was best known for his protests against the Vietnam War. In 1981, however, a personal tragedy changed his outlook on life: the death by suicide of his son. Words F.A.F.A. was one of many attempts to deal with his grief. A silkscreen, printed in multiple colors, Words F.A.F.A. is somber in tone. A blue-gray rectangular field with irregular edges dominates the image.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1923-1924
Artist/Maker: George Wesley Bellows
Classification: Prints

In 1917, shortly after he first began experimenting with the medium of lithography, George Bellows described his technique in a letter to a friend:

Collection: American Art
Date: 1920
Artist/Maker: George Wesley Bellows
Classification: Prints

In 1917, shortly after he first began experimenting with the medium of lithography, George Bellows described his technique in a letter to a friend:

Collection: American Art
Date: 1936
Artist/Maker: Thomas Hart Benton
Classification: Prints

Thomas Hart Benton’s choice of lithography for his forays into printmaking is a logical extension of his egalitarian attitude. The medium originated in the mid-nineteenth century and was used early on for newspaper illustrations. Its relative inexpensiveness was one of the reasons the process was revived in the 1920s and 1930s. Frankie and Johnnie is one of four lithographs produced in conjunction with Benton’s Missouri State Capitol Building murals from the mid-1930s.

Collection: American Art
Date: 1936
Artist/Maker: Thomas Hart Benton
Classification: Prints

The legend of Jesse James is one of several folk stories Benton chose to depict for his project at the Missouri Capitol building. He also selected the vignette for a lithograph, which was circulated by the Associated American Artists of New York. In this western scene, Benton draws from the tradition of history painting to combine multiple events into a single simultaneous composition. [1]

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