Beach Cleaners, c.1935-1943
13 1/4” x 18 1/8”
The Brooklyn College Library Collection
Hyman Warsager was instrumental in setting up the graphic arts division of the WPA in New York City. Printmaking techniques such as lithography, woodcuts, and especially silkscreen made it possible to produce multiple prints, which were used as posters to promote all of the New Deal’s various initiatives and activities.
In this lithograph, Warsager uses muted, natural colors to depict laborers at work, a popular Social Realist theme.