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Ben Shahn, Unemployment, 1938

This is probably the best example of Ben Shahn’s Social Realist style. In Unemployment, we are presented with six tired, weary looking men, who we can assume from the painting’s title are out of work. Despite becoming unfortunate victims of the Great Depression, a sense of dignity seems to remain among the men, specifically in their unfazed stares and postures.

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