Ben Shahn's American Life #17

Miner's Wives (1948)


R.H. said...

I lived with those types in the Ministry of Housing. Women, very unattractive.

Madeline said...

My great great grandmother along with her husband and their nine children escaped a life of virtual servitude in the coal regions of Pennsylvania. She made preserves from wild berries she found in the woods and sold them until she had a small sum of money. The family fled in the night and managed to find a nearby railroad line. They caught a train which took them to safety and began a new life in another part of the state.
This painting reminds me to be thankful for the life I have and to appreciate the sacrifices my family made so their children could have a better life.

Tom Sutpen said...

Beautifully said.