Lot 66
  • 66

Ben Shahn

8,000 - 12,000 USD
11,250 USD
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  • Ben Shahn
  • Rehabilitation Clients, Boone County, Arkansas
  • gelatin silver print
  • 10 3/8  by 13 7/8  in. (26.4 by 35.2 cm.)
large-format, ferrotyped, credit in pencil and with FSA and credit stamps on the reverse, 1935 (Ben Shahn, Photographer, cover and pl. 45)


Christie's New York, 17 October 2007, Sale 2076, Lot 23

Catalogue Note

From 1935 to 1938, Ben Shahn worked for the Farm Security Adminstration, photographing the widespread destitution caused by the Great Depression. He traveled the American South documenting what President Franklin D. Roosevelt referred to in his second inaugural address as '. . . one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished.'

Large-format prints of this image are rare; this is the only print of this size to appear at auction in recent years.  In 1969, Bernarda Shahn, the photographer's widow, donated a group of photographs by Ben Shahn to the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard, including three large-format prints of this image.  There is also a smaller print in the collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.