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Blanche Grambs (1916–2010)

American artist who is known for her prints depicting the Great Depression, coal miners, the poor, and the unemployed.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1916
She was born in Beijing, China. She trained at the Art Students League in New York under Harry Sternberg. She worked in the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Project during the New Deal, beginning in 1936 and producing over 30 prints for the WPA. She created lithographs and intaglio prints.

Grambs was actively political, attending classes in Marxist theory at the New York Workers School and participating in communist rallies. She was arrested in 1936 at an organized sit-in, protesting cuts to the WPA FAP budget. For her art, she traveled to Lanceford, Pennsylvania to create prints and etchings of the coal miners. Grambs' work reflected her political leanings and commitment to social reform.

She married Hugh "Lefty" Miller, and they moved to Paris together. Shortly after their arrival, war broke out, and they moved back to New York, where she continued to work as an artist. Her later work included contributing illustrations to over 30 children's books.
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Girl with Blue Hair - Public domain portrait print

Girl with Blue Hair - Public domain portrait print

Picryl description: Public domain image of a great depression era, migrant workers, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Archives of American Art - Blanche Grambs at work - 2129

Archives of American Art - Blanche Grambs at work - 2129

Graham at her drafting table working on a pastel drawing. Photographed for the Works Progress Administration. Identification on verso (handwritten and stamped): Federal Art Project W.P.A.; Photographic Division... More

Woman Looking Away - Public domain portrait print

Woman Looking Away - Public domain portrait print

Picryl description: Public domain image of a great depression era, migrant workers, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Judgement - A drawing of an open book with a cross on it

Judgement - A drawing of an open book with a cross on it

Picryl description: Public domain image of a great depression era, migrant workers, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Portrait, portrait - Public domain portrait print

Portrait, portrait - Public domain portrait print

Picryl description: Public domain image of a great depression era, migrant workers, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Portrait, portrait - Public domain portrait print

Portrait, portrait - Public domain portrait print

Picryl description: Public domain image of a great depression era, migrant workers, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Seated woman with hat at Studio

Seated woman with hat at Studio

Public domain scan of portrait art print, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Coal breakers, aquatint

Coal breakers, aquatint

Picryl description: Public domain image of a bridge, railroad structure, train viaduct, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Blanche Grambs, Miners Going to Work, n.d

Blanche Grambs, Miners Going to Work, n.d

Blanche Grambs, Miners Going to Work, n.d., etching and aquatint

Blanche Grambs, Workers Homes, ca. 1935-1940

Blanche Grambs, Workers Homes, ca. 1935-1940

Blanche Grambs, Workers Homes, ca. 1935-1940, etching and aquatint

Blanche Grambs, Design Steel, n.d

Blanche Grambs, Design Steel, n.d

Blanche Grambs, Design Steel, n.d.

Blanche Grambs, Mood, n.d

Blanche Grambs, Mood, n.d

Blanche Grambs, Mood, n.d., etching and aquatint

Blanche Grambs, Mother, 1936

Blanche Grambs, Mother, 1936

Blanche Grambs, Mother, 1936, etching and aquatint

Blanche Grambs, Mining Town, n.d

Blanche Grambs, Mining Town, n.d

Blanche Grambs, Mining Town, n.d., etching and aquatint