Tempera Painting, "The Strike," by Arthur R. Lehmann, 1941

Summary

Arthur Lehmann created this painting while employed by the Works Progress Administration in Detroit. Lehmann chanced upon unionizing efforts at the Ford Rouge Plant in 1937, creating a sketch of workers picketing outside the plant gates. Ultimately, the workers were successful and in 1941 Ford became a union shop. In a meticulously personal style, Lehmann depicts the unionizing process in the finished painting.

Arthur Lehmann created this painting while employed by the Works Progress Administration in Detroit. Lehmann chanced upon unionizing efforts at the Ford Rouge Plant in 1937, creating a sketch of workers picketing outside the plant gates. Ultimately, the workers were successful and in 1941 Ford became a union shop. In a meticulously personal style, Lehmann depicts the unionizing process in the finished painting.

Artifact

Painting (Visual work)

Date Made

1941

Subject Date

1937

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

2013.126.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Tina Emenheiser and Richard T. Lehmann.

Material

Tempera
Canvas
Wood (Plant material)

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 23 in

Width: 29 in

Inscriptions

Signed in lower corner: Arthur Lehmann / 1941

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