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Still Life with Red Tray. Oil on canvas, 1946. Signed, Ben-Zion, lower right. 508x610 mm; 20x24 inches.
Exhibited: Bertha Schaefer Gallery, 1947; The Jewish Museum, Ben-Zion 1933-1959: A Retrospect, 1959; Tweed Gallery of the University of Minnesota, Duluth, 1953; This painting was included in the Dayton Art Institute's lending program, No. 7C.
One benefit of the New Deal's artist's work programs that is often not emphasized is the comradery created in such a setting. The group shows, print workshops, and large scale easel projects allowed artists to work together, socialize, and exchange ideas. The Ten was a group of progressive thinking artists that banded together to find strength in numbers so that they could express themselves freely through their art work and exhibit their works on their own terms. Ben-Zion, Ilya Bolotowsky, Adolph Gottlieb, Louis harris, Yankel Kufeld, Mark Rothko, Louis Schanker, Joseph Solman, and Nahum Tschacbasov were the original members of this important American artist's collective. After Kufeld and Tschacbasov dropped out of the group Earl Kerkam and Ralph Rosenborg joined.