A few weeks ago Shirley and I, before the last chilly session of Figure al Fresco, stopped into a couple of galleries. One of which was a favorite of ours, Galerie St. Etienne where the current exhibition “You Say You Want A Revolution: American Artists and the Communist Party” took us by surprise. We had no idea what to expect and were quite enthralled.

From a very interesting essay which can be found on their web site:

“In the 1930s, the Great Depression’s far-reaching economic impact lent credence to the Marxist belief that capitalism was doomed. Membership in the Communist Party U.S.A. (CPUSA) swelled, and artists became increasingly politicized.” … “From the outset, the Communist Party, both in America and abroad, viewed art as “a weapon in the class struggle, …”

I copied this snippet of Gropper’s painting while in the gallery and painted the foreground policeman but time ran out so I photographed the painting and finished adding color by referring to my photo.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club

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