Joseph Hirsch

Joseph Hirsch, 1959, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0001699
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Joseph Hirsch
born Philadelphia, PA 1910-died New York City 1981
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Artist Biography

Realist painter whose work was often socially oriented and imbued with humanism. During World War II, he served as an artist-correspondent for the U.S. government.

Joan Stahl American Artists in Photographic Portraits from the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection (Washington, D.C. and Mineola, New York: National Museum of American Art and Dover Publications, Inc., 1995)

Luce Artist Biography

Joseph Hirsch "scribbled more than the average" when he was a boy and later remembered that his mother often gave him a sketchbook to pass the time. He won a scholarship to art school when he was seventeen and a few years later was one of the youngest painters to receive the Walter Lippincott Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Hirsch worked as an artist-correspondent during World War II, sketching planes and hospitals throughout the Pacific. His monumental images celebrate ordinary people and situations, reflecting his belief that "any painting that has to do with life is a commemoration." (Hirsch, Recent Paintings and Drawings: May 28-June 13, 1980, Exhibition Catalogue, 1980)

Works by This Artist

1959-1962
oil on canvas
1946
lithograph on paper mounted on paperboard
ca. 1939-1940
oil on canvas
1933
crayon
1949
oil on linen
ca. 1964
oil on linen