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HUGO GELLERT (1892-1985)
Two prints. Roosevelt and his Two Wives, lithograph. 305x295 mm; 12x11 1/2 inches, full margins. Signed in pencil, lower right. From Aesop Said So. Circa 1936 * Curse of the Modern World, screenprint and lithograph. 415x335 mm; 16 3/8x13 1/8 inches, full margins. Edition of approximately 54. Signed in pencil, lower right. Published by International Workers Order. From Century of the Common Man: Two Speeches by Henry A. Wallace. 1943.
Very good impressions.
Gellert was born in Budapest and immigrated to New York in 1906. He studied at Cooper Union and the National Academy of Design. During World War I, he became interested in politics and began making illustrations for radical political publications. A member of the Communist Party of America, he focused his career on making artwork that was accessible to the public, such as illustrations in newspapers and magazines, murals and posters. In 1938, he painted the murals at the Communications Building at the New York World's Fair; during the fair's planning he also oversaw he formation of a labor union to protect the rights of artists as it was being planned. He continued to remain loyal to the Communist Party throughout his career and life, founding the American Artist's Congress, a Communist organization, and eventually facing investigation by the House of Un-American Activities Committee.