Bootleg Coal - HARRY GOTTLIEB
Medium: lithograph printed in colors
Lithograph printed in colors, 1937-38, edition possibly 25. 13 3/4 x 17 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is fine and the paper bears a RIVES watermark. Gottlieb joined the Federal Art Project in New York in 1935 and he was one of the first members of the Silk Screen Unit. His work in this medium as well as in color lithography is outstanding. Coal mining was a subject he was very interested in and there's at least one variation of this image with the same title. This image was printed in a black and white version and Gottlieb also produced a screenprint version, including touched proofs, a couple of which are located in the Crystal Bridges Museum collection. This subject shows coal miners from Pennsylvania who had lost there jobs over trying to organize labor unions. They are shown here digging illegally from surface seams to try to earn a living.
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