Ben Shahn

Ben Shahn- Resting Figure in Grey and Peach Tones 1968



Ink, Gouache


Resting figure of a curly-headed man under blankets in peach and grey tones. The work is done in gouache and ink. It is framed in a gold frame with an off white matte. It is signed by the artist. The print is from the Rilke Portfolio from 1968.

Artist Biography

Shahn was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, then part of the Russian Empire, to Jewish parents Joshua Hessel and Gittel (Lieberman) Shahn. His father was exiled to Siberia for possible revolutionary activities in 1902, at which point Shahn, his mother, and two younger siblings moved to Vilkomir (Ukmergė). In 1906, the family immigrated to the United States where they rejoined Hessel, who had fled Siberia. They settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York, where two more siblings were born. His younger brother drowned at age 17. Shahn began his path to becoming an artist in New York, where he was first trained as a lithographer. Shahn's early experiences with lithography and graphic design is apparent in his later prints and paintings which often include the combination of text and image. Shahn's primary medium was egg tempera, popular among social realists. His Exhibitions include: Edith Halpert's Downtown Gallery, New York; Tate Gallery in London; Museum of Modern Art in New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art in Pennsylvania.

Dimensions With Frame

H 32 in. x W 27 in. x D 1.25 in.

Dimensions Without Frame

H 22.5 in x W 17.75 in.
Ben Shahn- Resting Figure in Grey and Peach Tones 1968