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O. Louis Guglielmi
Relief Blues
about 1938
oil
24 x 29 7/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from Museum of Modern Art



With meticulous realism, Guglielmi shows a family gathered around a table in a small New York apartment. Beside them a relief worker fills out forms to determine if they qualify for welfare. In their haunted faces Guglielmi portrays the boredom and despair of those left unemployed during the depression.