Ben Shahn - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 1, 2019 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Gift of Bernarda B. Shahn, the photographer's wife, to Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, 1970
    Estate of the artist
    ClampArt, New York

  • Literature

    Kao, Ben Shahn's New York: The Photography of Modern Times, p. 47

  • Catalogue Essay

    Ben Shahn explored the socio-political climate of the Depression extensively, both as a photographer and painter, often using his photographs as the source material for his paintings. This image of two men seated on the streets of New York City with a newspaper resting between them served as the basis for his painting Democracies Fear New Peace Offensive (Spring 1940), in which he subtly alters the paper's headline. This painting is held in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.


Untitled (New York City)

Gelatin silver print.
6 3/8 x 9 in. (16.2 x 22.9 cm)
Annotated 'N.Y. - probably mid-30s' in an unidentified hand in ink and Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University 'Deaccessioned' stamp on the verso; acquisition notations in an unidentified hand in pencil on the backing board.

$5,000 - 7,000 

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New York Auction 1 October 2019