Gropper, William, 1897-1977

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Birth 1897-12-03
Death 1977-01-06

Biographical notes:

William Gropper (1897-1977) was a painter from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with William Gropper, 1965 June 12 [sound recording]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 458412551

Italian anarchist who was controversially executed in Massachusetts on August 23, 1927 for the murders of F.A. Parmenter and Alessandro Berardelli.

From the description of Nicola Sacco death mask [art original]. 1927. (Boston Public Library). WorldCat record id: 60195587

From the description of Bartolomeo Vanzetti death mask [art original]. 1927. (Boston Public Library). WorldCat record id: 60195605

Painter; New York, N.Y.

From the description of William Gropper interview, 1965 June 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220199483

William Gropper (1897-1977) was an American born Jewish cartoonist, painter, lithographer, and muralist. Born in New York City on the lower East side where his parents worked in the garment industry, he attended the Ferrer School and the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts and began exhibiting his paintings in the 1930's. As a cartoonist he worked for the Daily Worker, Morning Freiheit, New Masses, New York Tribune, and several other mainstream and leftist publications. Gropper was known not only for his depiction of social injustice as it played out in the day-to-day life of the common laborer, but also through his satirical portrayal of the elite and powerful and the effects of capitalism and war on American life.

From the guide to the William Gropper Papers, 1918-1971, 1943-1944, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Painter, cartoonist, lithographer; Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

WPA muralist and painter of social comment.

From the description of William Gropper letter to Jane SoRelle, 1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 227184701


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