Two men on horseback

GROPPER, W[illia]m. [1897-1997]

Condition: Margins trimmed, browned Soft cover
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Print. Signed in pencil lower right Approximately 9-3/4x 13 image area. with margins 12 x 15-1/2 inches. Depicts one black and one white horse with riders galloping along. One horseman is holding his hand up high with something in it, the other clinging to his horse's neck.William Victor "Bill" Gropper (December 3, 1897 Ð January 3, 1977), was a U.S. cartoonist, painter, lithographer, and muralist. A committed radical, Gropper is best known for the political work which he contributed to such left wing publications as "The Revolutionary Age, The Liberator, The New Masses, The Worker", and "The Morning Freiheit."In 1913, Bill graduated from public school, earning a medal in art and a scholarship to the National Academy of Design. The strong-willed Gropper refused to conform at the academy, however, and was subsequently expelled.[8] He attempted to attend High School that fall, but finances prevented his attendance and he was forced to seek work to help support his family. He worked as an assistant in a clothing store, earning $5 a week.In 1915, Bill showed a portfolio of his work to Frank Parsons, the head of the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. The work so impressed Parsons that Gropper was offered a scholarship to the school. Gropper continued to work reduced hours for reduced wages in the clothing store while he continued his artistic education. In the subsequent two years, Bill gained recognition and awards for his work.In 1917, Gropper was offered a position on the staff of the "New York Tribune, "where over the next several years he earned a steady income doing drawings for the paper's special Sunday feature articles. At this time, the politically radical Gropper was brought into the orbit of original and innovative artists around the left wing New York monthly, "The Masses." After "The Masses" was banned from the US Mail in 1917, due to its unflinching anti-militarism, Gropper joined artists like Robert Minor, Maurice Becker, Art Young, Lydia Gibson, Hugo Gellert, and Boardman Robinson in contributing to its successor, "The Liberator."Gropper also contributed his art to "The Revolutionary Age," a revolutionary socialist weekly edited by Louis C. Fraina and (in later issues) John Reed, a publication which narrowly predated the establishment of the American Communist Party, as well as to "The Rebel Worker," a magazine of the Industrial Workers of the World, an anarcho-syndicalist union.Due to his involvement with radical politics in the 1920s and 1930s, Gropper was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1953. The experience provided inspirational fodder for a series of fifty lithographs entitled the "Caprichos." In 1974, he was elected into the National Academy of Design as an Associate Academician. Gropper died from a myocardial infarction at Manhasset, New York, at the age of 79. Bookseller Inventory # 12171

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Title: Two men on horseback

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition: Margins trimmed, browned

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

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