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William Gropper (American, 1897-1977)

Untitled, from The Illustrious Dunderheads, 1942

  • Ink, crayon, and gouache on paper
  • 15 3/16 x 16 1/2 in. (38.6 x 41.9 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William S. Konecky, 2001-39

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William Gropper made numerous cartoons for The Illustrious Dunderheads. In this one, the three Axis leaders wave goodbye as a "Dunderhead" drops obliviously from their plane.

  • What is going on in this cartoon?

  • What do you think Gropper is trying to say here?

  • How does this cartoon build on the other Gropper cartoon? How do the two cartoons work together?


March of the Clowns

Albert Bloch (American, 1882-1961)

March of the Clowns, 1941

  • Oil on canvas mounted on composition board
  • 36 x 40 in. (91.4 x 101.6 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Oscar and Regina Gruss Memorial Fund, 2001-42

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Albert Bloch and William Gropper both created their art in the early 1940s. Their work deals with the world political situation at the time (click here to learn more about Bloch's work). There are a number of other similarities between the two.

  • What connections do you see between these two works?

  • Both works take a mocking, satirical approach to their subject matter. Do you think they are meant to be funny? Is it appropriate to use humor in the context of war and suffering?

  • How do these works differ from each other in mood, medium, or other characteristics?