Monday, June 26, 2017
New Deal Art: "The Pied Piper"
Above: "The Pied Piper," a lithograph on ivory wove paper, by Albert James Webb (1891-1958), created while he was in the WPA's art program, ca. 1935-1942. There is very little information on the Internet or in newspaper archives about Webb; but according to the website Art of the Print, he was a "talented New York City painter, etcher and lithographic artist" and "studied at the Art Students League." Also, Find a Grave shows that he was a private in the U.S. Army. Perhaps he served during World War I, and perhaps his memories of the war motivated his Grim Reaper-style Pied Piper. Image courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago, used here for educational and non-commercial purposes.