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Herrenvolk

A work made of woodcut on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of woodcut on cream wove paper.

Date:

1942/3

Artist:

Joseph LeBoit
American, 1907-2002

About this artwork

Trained at the Art Students League under Thomas Hart Benton, Joseph LeBoit was a productive member of the silkscreen unit of the New York Graphic Arts Division of the Federal Art Project. As an active member of Artists for Victory, he organized war-themed exhibitions to boost morale at home. This series of five prints features horrific images of Europe during World War II, including a family huddled in the bombed-out remains of a house, a scene of a murdered mother and child, and a Nazi soldier stealing a loaf of bread, a chicken, and two piglets from a forlorn mother and children, leaving them alive but destitute. In all cases, the Nazis—the Herrenvolk, or “Master Race”—are depicted ironically: a nation of louts, looters, and murderers.

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Artist

Joseph LeBoit

Title

Herrenvolk

Origin

United States

Date

1942–1943

Medium

Woodcut on cream wove paper

Dimensions

461 x 351 mm (image); 479 x 370 mm (sheet, sight)

Credit Line

Gift of Mollie LeBoit

Reference Number

2007.318

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