Wednesday, April 4, 2012

"A Century of Progress"

          Morris Topchevsky takes his political views and transforms them onto canvas. In his painting, "A Century of Progress", we see the contrast between the fair's utopian theme of advancement and the sorry reality of out-of-work Americans. The painting arose due to the oppression of the Jews in Topchevsky's native home, Poland, where four of his siblings died. The group of six men huddled with a newspaper that reads "Daily Workers" represent the hard working men who were forced to become homeless. Sitting beside them are trash and forgotten furniture along with the fair sitting in the background. This shows a world apart from the despaired men. This piece by Topchevsky can be found at the DePaul Art Museum located in Lincoln Park.

"A Century of Progress"
by Morris Topchevsky

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