Breadwinner (War)

A work made of lithographic crayon, with scraping and smudging, on cream wove paper.

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  • A work made of lithographic crayon, with scraping and smudging, on cream wove paper.

Date:

1942

Artist:

John Wilson
American, born 1922

About this artwork

The drawing Breadwinner depicts an African American worker relaxing on a park bench during his break. The man wears a hat typical of a factory laborer. In spite of his ordinary appearance, the man’s posture is strong and relaxed, and he wears a sport coat over his work clothes—a symbol of pride for men during the Depression. On his lap is a newspaper with the discernable headline “WAR.” John Wilson made this drawing in 1942, probably soon after the United States declared war on the Axis powers.

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Prints and Drawings

Artist

John Wilson

Title

Breadwinner (War)

Origin

United States

Date

1942

Medium

Lithographic crayon, with scraping and smudging, on cream wove paper

Dimensions

640 x 483 mm

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Hartman

Reference Number

2004.512

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