Available works by: Ben Shahn  American (1898 - 1969)  

Ben Shahn was a Lithuanian-born American artist and member of the Social Realist movement. His expressive figurative paintings, murals, and posters were inexorably tied to his pursuit of social justice and lifelong activism within leftist political beliefs. Shahn unflinchingly critiqued the government and society, as seen in his The Passion of Sacco and Vanzetti (1931–1932), a painting which condemned the controversial conviction of two Italian-American immigrants who were sentenced to death in 1927. “The artist must operate on the assumption that the public consists in the highest order of individual—that he is civilized, cultured, and highly sensitive both to emotional and intellectual contexts,” he once stated. “And while the whole public most certainly does not consist in that sort of individual, still the tendency of art is to create such a public—to lift the level of perceptivity, to increase and enrich the average individual's store of values.” Born on September 12, 1898 in Kaunas, Lithuania into an Orthodox Jewish family, he and his family emigrated to New York in 1906. Shahn went on to study at the National Academy of Design in New York and traveled throughout Europe during the 1920s. Upon his return to the United States, he assisted Diego Rivera in 1933 for the painting of his Man at the Crossroads fresco in Rockefeller Center. During the latter part of his career, the artist’s paintings became more symbolic of his own emotional state rather than a description of social injustices. He died on March 14, 1969 in New York, NY. Today, Shahn’s works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., among others.

Ben Shahn : Maximus of Tyre at Davidson Galleries

Ben Shahn (1898 - 1969)

Maximus of Tyre

Medium: Serigraph with handcoloring
Year: 1963
Edition : Edition size unspecified,
Signature: Unsigned
References: 34 known impressions according to Prescott
Size: Image: 34 x 25-1/2 inches
Description: Proof impression before text.
Stock Number: 24546/16328
Price: $600.00

Ben Shahn : Young Man Playing Sistrum at Davidson Galleries

Ben Shahn (1898 - 1969)

Young Man Playing Sistrum

Medium: lithograph
Year: 1969-70
Edition : 125
Size: 40 1/2 x 26 inches
Stock Number: 24570c
Price: $250.00

Ben Shahn : Frederick Douglass II at Davidson Galleries

Ben Shahn (1898 - 1969)

Frederick Douglass II

Series: Frederick Douglass Portfolio
Medium: Photo silkscreen
Year: 1965
Edition : 206/250
Signature: Signed in conté lower left
Publisher: Museum Of African Art, Washington D.C.
Size: 12-1/4 x 9-1/8 inches
Stock Number: 48522
Price: $500.00

Ben Shahn : Culture (Black/Brown) at Davidson Galleries

Ben Shahn American (1898 - 1969)

Culture (Black/Brown)

Medium: Seriagraph in black with brown text
Year: 1968
Edition : Unspecified, 72 known.
Signature: Unsigned
Size: 22 1/4 x 18 3/4 inches
Stock Number: 24558c
Price: $350.00

Ben Shahn : Beside the Dying at Davidson Galleries

Ben Shahn (1898 - 1969)

Beside the Dying

Series: From the RILKE PORTFOLIO
Medium: Color Lithograph
Year: 1968
Edition : of 200
Signature: Signed in Stone
Printer: Atelier Moulot, Ltd., New York
Size: 22 1/2 x 17 3/4 inches
Stock Number: 22740
Price: $450.00

Psalm 150

Selections From Psalm 150 Suite
Five lithographs. 1970-71. 
Edition 125. 
Printed by Kennedy Graphics, Inc., New York. Published by Mourlot Graphics, Inc., New York. 
Sheets: 20-1/8 x 25-1/2 inches each
[24572c]                                

Sold as a set of five for $1,100.

Psalm 150

Psalm 150 : Man Playing Organ at Davidson Galleries

Ben Shahn American (1898 - 1969)

Man Playing Organ

Series: from Psalm 150 Suite
Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1970-71
Edition : 125
Printer: Kennedy Graphics, Inc., New York
Publisher: Mourlot Graphics, Inc., New York
References: Prescott 254
Size: Sheet 20-1/8 x 25-1/2 inches
Description: Sold as a set of five for $1,100.
Stock Number: 24572

Psalm 150 : Man Sounding Horn at Davidson Galleries

Ben Shahn American (1898 - 1969)

Man Sounding Horn

Series: From Psalm 150 Suite
Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1970-71
Edition : 125
Printer: Kennedy Graphics, Inc., New York
Publisher: Mourlot Graphics, Inc., New York
References: Prescott 255
Size: Sheet 20 1/8 x 25 1/2 inches
Description: Sold as a set of five for $1100.
Stock Number: 24572

Psalm 150 : Young Man Playing Double Pipe at Davidson Galleries

Ben Shahn American (1898 - 1969)

Young Man Playing Double Pipe

Series: from Psalm 150 Suite
Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1970-71
Edition : 125
Printer: Kennedy Graphics, Inc., New York
Publisher: Mourlot Graphics, Inc., New York
References: Prescott 256
Size: Sheet 20 1/8 x 25 1/2 inches
Description: Sold as a set of five for $1100.
Stock Number: 24572

Psalm 150 : Clanging Cymbals at Davidson Galleries

Ben Shahn American (1898 - 1969)

Clanging Cymbals

Series: from Psalm 150 Suite
Year: 1970-71
Edition : 125
Printer: Kennedy Graphics, Inc., New York
Publisher: Mourlot Graphics, Inc., New York
References: Prescott 257
Size: Sheet 20 1/8 x 25 1/2 inches
Description: Sold as a set of five for $1100.
Stock Number: 24572

Psalm 150 : Youth Sounding Trumpet at Davidson Galleries

Ben Shahn American (1898 - 1969)

Youth Sounding Trumpet

Series: Selections From Psalm 150 Suite
Medium: Lithograph
Year: 1970-71
Edition : 125
Printer: Kennedy Graphics, Inc., New York
Publisher: Mourlot Graphics, Inc., New York
Size: Sheet 20 1/8 x 25 1/2 inches
Description: Sold as a set of five for $1100.
Stock Number: 24572