HIRSCH, JOSEPH (1910–1981), U.S. painter and lithographer. Born in Philadelphia, Hirsch studied at the School of Industrial Design (1928–31) before he moved to New York. As a Works Progress Administration artist he painted the mural Football for Benjamin Franklin High School in Philadelphia. During World War ii Hirsch produced around 75 paintings and drawings as an artist-correspondent for the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific and for the U.S. Army in Europe. He is best known for his social realist work in the 1930s in which he rendered the human condition in a representational manner.
F.K. Pohl, In the Eye of the Storm: An Art of Social Conscience, 1930–1970 (1995).
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