Hirsch, Joseph. Lunch Hour

Joseph Hirsch, Lunch Hour
Joseph Hirsch, Lunch Hour

Artist: Joseph Hirsch (American, 1910-1981)

Title: Lunch Hour


Date: 1942

Dimensions: 9″ x 11 3/4″

Location in Library: Fourth floor

Media: Lithograph; works on paper

Owner: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Artist’s Estate


A powerfully expressive draftsman and painter, Hirsch depicted people in ordinary, everyday scenes. In this lithograph, which was the artist’s first, Hirsch’s father, a noted Philadelphia surgeon, posed for the sleeping figure. Hirsch then transformed his father’s figure into a portrait of an African-American youth. Hirsch commented in 1942 that “a re-affirmation by today’s artist of his faith in the common man will be as natural as was the emphasis by El Greco on his faith in the Church.”

Related Websites
Joseph Hirsch at the Navy Art Collection

Joseph Hirsch at MoMA

Joseph Hirsch at Smithsonian American Art Museum

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