Promote the General Welfare [Produced for 1939 New York World's Fair U.S. Government Building competition, organized by Section of Fine Arts, Treasury Department (unrealized)]

 
Promote the General Welfare [Produced for 1939 New York World's Fair U.S. Government Building competition, organized by Section of Fine Arts, Treasury Department (unrealized)]
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  • Title :     Promote the General Welfare [Produced for 1939 New York World's Fair U.S. Government Building competition, organized by Section of Fine Arts, Treasury Department (unrealized)]
  • Artist:     Roy Grossman Artist
  • Accession:     TD1989.45.66
  • Country:     United States Philadelphia Pennsylvania
  • Date:     circa 1938
  • Dimensions:     Inches 46-1/2 22-1/4 Dimensions, framed Inches 42 17-5/8 Dimensions, unframed, Centimeters 118.1 56.5 Dimensions, framed Centimeters 106.7 44.8 Dimensions, unframed
  • Collection:     Object
  • Category:     Paintings and Sculpture
  • Collection Theme:     World's Fairs and Expositions
  • Subject:     Laborers/Workers , Public Works , World's Fairs and Expositions , New Deal
  • Credit Line:     The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection
  • URL:     TD1989.45.66.JPG
  • Tags:     WPA and the New Deal~World's Fairs and Expositions~Paintings and Sculpture
Description:
Oil on canvas mounted on plywood vertical-oriented mural study with top section depicting large centralized figures consisting of three laborers against a landscape setting with a hydro-electric dam located above a wheatfield, above cotton pickers in field, above steers in pasture, city harbor with ships, and locomotives; two groups of figures, men talking and women holding books, are located at feet of the three standing laborers; a very elderly couple stands (bent slightly over) between the two groups; lower section of the mural depicts a large gathering of men seated in governmental chambers which are emblazoned with sign "Promote the General Welfare"; at the very bottom are classical or archetypal figures dressed in gold robes looking up.