Ben Shahn (1898 b. Russia- 1969 US), Artist

Jewish American artist known for left-wing activism and also a cartoony style. He was born in Russia but after his father was condemned to Siberia, his mother took the family to the US when Shahn was 8 years old. This was no doubt a wise move since the OGPU and NKVD (pre KGB secret police branch of the USSR) often went after the children of those condemned to Siberia.

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Ben Shahn, East Twelfth Street, 1946

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About kinneret

Hello, and welcome. I'm writing this blog under an alias. Why an alias? I started to write what may be described as an "American Gothic" novel (sort of Henry James/ Franz Kafka with violence) with some autobiographical details. ..when I started this blog I just decided to use the alias. This blog is about art and art history, but my interests also include literature, film analysis, psychology, forensic psychology, faerie tale analysis, cognitive therapy, cognitive linguistics, classical theater, World War II, and Russian and British history. My favorite writers include Kafka, the Brontes, and Philip K Dick. Thank you for reading this blog and I will happily reply to any comments.
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