Immortal Words

Ben Shahn, American (born Russia, now Lithuania), 1898 - 1969

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1958

Screenprint on wove paper

Overall: 20 1/4 × 16 3/4 in. (51.5 × 42.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Bequest of Jay R. Wolf, Class of 1951

Art © Estate of Ben Shahn / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

PR.976.223

Geography/Culture

North America, United States

Period

20th century

Object Name

Print

Classification

Print

Not on view

Inscription

Signed, in red paint, lower right: Ben Shahn; printed: IF IT HAD NOT BEEN FOR THESE THING,/I MIGHT HAVE LIVE OUT MY LIFE TALK-/ING AT STREET CORNERS TO SCORN-/ING MEN. I MIGHT HAVE DIE, UN-/MARKED, 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, FOR MAN‘S ONDERSTANDING/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.

Exhibition History

A Space for Dialogue 37, Lines of Text, Jonathan Beilin, Class of 2007, Mellon Special Project Intern, Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 20-May 6, 2007.

A Space for Dialogue 24, Say Word., Callie Helen Thompson, Class of 2005, Student programming Intern, Main Lobby, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, February 15-April 3, 2005.

Provenance

Julius (Jay) Rosenthal Wolf (1929-1976), Class of 1951, New York, New York; given to present collection, 1976.

Catalogue Raisonne

K. McNulty, The Collected Prints of Ben Shahn, Philadelphia, 1967, no. 42A.

This record was created from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator; it may be inaccurate or incomplete.

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