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Girl Skipping Rope

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Although its title might lead one to assume that it is a light-hearted subject, "Girl Skipping Rope" is one of Shahn's war paintings, completed in the midst of World War II. While Shahn did not depict any specific event, he conveyed through symbolic images what he described as "the sense of...

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Inscription

Lower right: Ben Shahn

Provenance

The artist; with Downtown Gallery, 1943; to private collection, 1944; with Downtown Gallery, 1946; to Richard Loeb, New York and Santiago, Chile, by 1947; with Downtown Gallery, Stephen Stone, 1956; to Stephen and Sybil Stone Foundation, 1961; to MFA, 1971, gift of the Stephen and Sybil Stone Foundation.

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen and Sybil Stone Foundation

Copyright

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

1943

  • Ben Shahn, American (born in Lithuania), 1898–1969
Dimensions

40.32 x 60.64 cm (15 7/8 x 23 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

1971.702

Medium or Technique

Tempera on board

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