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Railroad Worker - Steel Driving Man

Railroad Worker - Steel Driving Man

Joseph Hirsch

1910-1981

12 x 16

oil on board
   

   Hirsch was awarded a four-year scholarship to the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art when he was 17.  He studied with George Luks in New York and later with Henry Hensche in Provincetown. 

  

   When he was only 23, he won the coveted Walter Lippincott Award at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.  Hirsch followed this award with the prestigious Woolley Fellowship giving him a year of study in Paris. At the 1939 New York World’s Fair, by public ballot, he was awarded first choice for the best painting.  In 1949, he also received a Fulbright Fellowship,  

  

   As a pictorial war correspondent during World War II, Hirsch made about seventy-five paintings and drawings between 1943 and 1944 in the South Pacific, Africa, and Italy. Hirsch’s murals decorated several Philadelphia public buildings. They depicted “Football,” “Early Unionism,” and “Adoption.”  His works are included in the permanent collections of over 30 museumas including the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Corcoran Gallery, the Addison Gallery, the Butler Institute, and over 25 others. 

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