We Shall Overcome

Accession Number

We Shall Overcome

Ben Shahn

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
offset photolithograph on paper

22 in x 16 1/4 in x 3/4 in (55.88 cm x 41.28 cm x 1.91 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of the Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication, Founder Warren M. Robbins

Subject matter
Man and message of encouragement.

Physical Description
Black line representation of a human head and face, facing the viewer. The head is oval-shaped with vertical parallel lines. The short hair of the person is represented by thick dots and fine curved lines. The nose is formed by straight, vertical lines. Eyebrows are drawn with thick, black lines. "We shall Overcome" is printed in a brown-orange ink across the top of the sheet.

Primary Object Classification

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calligraphy (process)
faces (animal components)
figures (representations)
heads (animal components)
line drawings (drawings)
social issues

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