William Gropper (American, 1897-1977)
Untitled, from The Illustrious Dunderheads, 1942
- Ink and gouache on paper
- 15 x 15 1/2 in. (38 1/8 x 39 3/8 cm)
- The Jewish Museum, New York
- Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Konecky, 2000-83
Not on view
- Describe the different characters in this drawing. What are some of the attributes of each?
- Can you identify any of the characters? What clues are there to their identities? What does the way the artist has drawn each character tell you about what he thinks of them?
- What do you think William Gropper is saying about the relationship between certain American politicians and the Axis powers early in World War II?
FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION:
After giving students ample opportunity to examine this drawing, lead them in a discussion of related topics and themes:
- Other than with political cartoons, how else could Gropper have made these comments about the United States government? Do you think cartoons are an effective way to make political statements? Why or why not? What other methods might be more effective?
- Gropper was criticizing the actions of the United States government in a time of war. Do you think it is appropriate to challenge your own government at such a time? If so, what are the best ways to do so?
- What American policies would you take a stand on today? How could you make your opinions known?
RESEARCH TOPICS / CONTENT CONNECTIONS:
- Axis Powers
- American Response to the Holocaust
- Political Cartoons