Sweatshop BY WILLIAM GROPPER
WILLIAM GROPPER, one of America’s most powerful illustrators and cartoonists, was born in New York City, on December 3, 1897. “Poor parents,” he writes,
so began to work the minute I was born, and have been at it ever since.
Resolved, will never become a millionaire even if I live to be 398 years of age.
Gropper studied with Bellows and Robert Henri, and received many prizes.
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In 1937 he received a Guggenheim fellowship. Much of his work has appeared in
Vanity Fair, New Masses, and Art Front. Speaking of his political cartoons, Gropper has said,
I drew them for Red publications because no other newspaper has enough courage to allow an artist his freedom of
is a hard-hitting slam at one of the most noxious institutions in industrial life.
It tells its story as directly as a Daurnier, and far more eloquently than a Dos Passos tract.
There is merit in Gropper’s statement that I draw pictures of this world of ours,
and they’re not all pretty pictures.