Truman plays piano while Dewey sits atop; brown, blue, yellow, pin
Truman plays piano while Dewey sits atop; brown, blue, yellow, pin

A good man is hard to find - Progressive Party, 1948
A superb satrical poster by Ben Shahn for the 1948 Presidential election that features the Republican and Democratic candidates, who Shahn felt did not offer any real choice to voters. Shahn instead threw his allegiance to the Progressive candidate Henry Wallace. The sheet music tells of the collusion - "A Good Man is Hard to Find," "The Ties that Bind," "Little White Lies," and "It Had to Be You." The caricature here is superb - the insincere smiles of both candidates, their oversized heads, the blank view in Truman's glasses and his rumpled trousers, nevermind Dewey's natty socks and suspenders. The poster's conceit is borrowed from a famous photo of Truman playing the piano with actress Lauren Bacall reclining atop the piano. The skewed, rickety piano feels a bit like a ship adrift at sea. In Shahn's hand, the pen is mightier than the sword. Lovingly printed with vibrant color and detail. Very rare and one of the great American political posters.
28'' x 43.8'' / 71 x 111 cm
Framed Size: 34'' x 50'' (86 x 127 cm)
Lithograph | Backed on Linen
ID# USC11448 (FRAMED)
$3,201 to $6,000
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