Ben Shahn, (1898 Russia- 1969 US), Liberation

The work below Liberation (1945), is Ben Shahn’s celebration of the end of Fascism. It is really touching and evocative. The foreground shows children playing, symbolizing exhilaration. The background shows the rubble of buildings, devastated by the War and symbolic of all the destruction inflicted on Europe and allies. Note the airiness/ lightness of the children in contrast to the broken heavy rubble and lumbering caving in building. At the same time, these children are very thin (one could expect from rations, or as orphans), and seem to be hanging from the maypole by a thread. The maypole in the past has unknown symbolism from pagan times (originating in Germany I believe) but is associated with celebration, summer, and community.


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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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3 Responses to Ben Shahn, (1898 Russia- 1969 US), Liberation

  1. marblenecltr says:

    A great work, art reflecting the skill and genius of application with imagination.

  2. marblenecltr says:

    Reblogged this on necltr and commented:
    Does it look like just anybody can create that? They can’t.

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