Thursday, April 7

Ralph Fasanella

A supporter of unions, Fasanella spent years researching and depicting the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike, a landmark in the history of the labor movement.
Wikipedia - "Ralph Fasanella (September 2, 1914 – December 16, 1997) was a self-taught painter whose large, detailed works depicted urban working life and critiqued post-World War II America. Ralph Fasanella was born to Joseph and Ginevra (Spagnoletti), Italian immigrants, in the Bronx on Labor Day in 1914. He was the third of six children. His father delivered ice to local homes. His mother worked in a neighborhood dress shop drilling holes into buttons, and spent her spare time as an anti-fascist activist. Fasanella spent much of his youth delivering ice with his father from a horse-driven wagon. This experience deeply impressed him. He saw his father as representative of all working men, beaten down day after day and struggling for survival. ... Fasanella's mother was a literate, sensitive, progressive woman. She instilled in Fasanella a strong sense of social justice and political awareness. ..."
Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget
Smithsonian Institution
NY Times: Ralph Fasanella
Washington Post
Ralph Fasanella - Art of Social Engagement
vimeo: Ralph Fasanella’s America
YouTube: Interview with Ralph Fasanella for "the Great Depression" 1:07:39