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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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Joseph LeBoit

Title

Herrenvolk

Origin

United States

Date

1942–1943

Medium

Woodcut on cream wove paper

Dimensions

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

Credit Line

Gift of Mollie LeBoit

Reference Number

2007.318

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