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Street Scene #2

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Jack Levine, Street Scene #2, 1938, oil on Masonite, Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund, © artist or other rights holder, 43.5

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Title

Street Scene #2

Artist

Jack Levine (American, 1915-2010)

Date

1938

Medium

oil on Masonite

Dimensions (H x W x D)

27 in x 37 1/2 in

Collection Area

Modern and Contemporary Art; American Art

Category

Paintings

Object Type

painting

Culture

American

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Helen Thurston Ayer Fund

Accession Number

43.5

Copyright

© artist or other rights holder

Terms

Masonite (TM)

oil paint

oil paintings

paintings

streetscapes

Location

Belluschi Building

Hirsch Wing

2nd Floor

Anne K. Millis Galleries

Millis Galleries (West)

Description

Boston-born social realist Jack Levine's work is known for its sardonic humor and biting commentary on humanity. Street Scene #2 was painted while Levine was employed by the Works Progress Administration's Federal Arts Project from 1935–1940. The figures of the three men are deliberately distorted, as are figures in many of his other paintings, an effect Levine likened to a taffy pull.

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