About the Artist


1897 Born December 3 in New York City to Harry and Jenny Gropper
1912 Studies under artists George Bellows and Robert Henri
1917 Begins working for the New York Tribune
1926 Helps found leftist magazine New Masses
1927 Tours Russia with novelists Sinclair Lewis and Theodore Dreiser
1930 Graphic novel “Alley Oop” published
1935 Japanese government demands apology for Emperor Hirohito cartoon in Vanity Fair


1936 First one-man show, ACA Galleries, New York City
1937 Travels to the Dust Bowl on Guggenheim Fellowship
1938 Mural for new Interior Building in Washington, D.C.
1939 Los Angeles County Museum of Art Purchase Prize
1941 Mural for Detroit Post Office


1944 First Prize in lithography at Metropolitan Museum’s Artists for Victory exhibition
1945 Covers United Nations Charter Conference for Freiheit and New Masses
1947 Helps found Artists Equity Association
1950 Galerie Benezit exhibition, Paris
1953 Refuses to testify before Senator Joseph McCarthy; consequently, blacklisted
1956 Piccadilly Gallery exhibition, London
1956 Finishes work on Caprichos series of 50 lithographs depicting Red Scare era America


1957 La Galerie del Frente Nacional des Artes exhibition, Mexico City
1967 Stained glass windows for Temple Har Zion, River Forest, Illinois


1977 Dies January 7 in Manhasset, New York