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Sacco and Vanzetti: Caption

1956.184 A & B together

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American (Kovno (now Kaunas), Lithuania 1898 - 1969 New York, NY)
Sacco and Vanzetti: Caption, 1952
Alternate Title: Caption/Inscription for Sacco and Vanzetti
Drawing
American
,
20th century
Black ink on cream wove paper
5.2 x 21.5 cm (2 1/16 x 8 7/16 in.)
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Meta and Paul J. Sachs
, 1956.184.B
Commentary
Text reads: "If it had not been for these thing [sic], I might have live [sic] out my life talking / at street corners to scorning men. I might have die [sic], unmarked, unknown, a failure. / Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in / our full life could we hope to do such work for tolerance, for joostice [sic], / for man's understanding of man as now we do by accident. Our words-- / our lives-- our pains nothing! The taking of our lives-- lives of a good / shoemaker and a poor fish peddler-- all! That last moment belongs / to us-- that agony is our triumph." / --Bartolomeo Vanzetti
Provenance
[Downtown Gallery, New York, New York], sold to Paul J. Sachs, Cambridge Massachusetts (L. 2091), gift; to Fogg Art Museum, 1956.
Bibliography
Alejandro Anreus, Ben Shahn and The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti, exh. cat., Jersey City Museum (Jersey City, NJ, 2001), checklist no. 11, repr. p. 87 (color), p. 120, also fig. 31

Exhibition History
The Art of Ben Shahn, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 12/04/1956 - 01/19/1957, no. 19/no. 65
American Art at Harvard, Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/19/1972 - 06/18/1972, 160
Image of America in Caricature and Cartoon, Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, 10/16/1975 - 12/14/1975; Rhode Island School of Design, Museum of Art, Providence, 10/13/1976 - 11/21/1976
In Good Conscience: The Radical Tradition in 20th-Century American Illustration, Montgomery Museum of Art, Montgomery, 01/10/1993 - 02/21/1993
Ben Shahn and The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, 09/12/2001 - 12/16/2001, no. 11
Ben Shahn: A Documentary Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Boston, 04/10/1957 - 05/31/1957
20th Century Master Drawings, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 11/06/1963 - 01/05/1964, no. 112; University of Minnesota Art Gallery, Minneapolis, 02/03/1964 - 03/15/1964, no. 112; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, 04/06/1964 - 05/24/1964, no. 112
10th Annual Exhibition-- Ben Shahn, Temple Beth El, Portland, 05/01/1971 - 05/31/1971
Politics as Catalyst for the Arts: The American Jewish Response, American Jewish Historical Society, Waltham, 02/24/1973 - 06/01/1973
Image of America in Caricature and Cartoon, Fort Wayne Public Library, Fort Wayne, 02/02/1976 - 03/14/1976
In Good Conscience: The Radical Tradition in 20th-Century American Illustration, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, 08/16/1992 - 09/27/1992; Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, 10/17/1992 - 12/26/1992
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