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Painter, Caricaturist, Lithographer, Illustrator, b. 1897 - d. 1977

William Victor "Bill" Gropper (December 3, 1897 – January 3, 1977) was a U.S. cartoonist, painter, lithographer, and muralist. A committed radical, Gropper is best known for the political work which he contributed to such left wing publications as The Revolutionary Age, The Liberator, The New Masses, The Worker, and The Morning Freiheit.

Gropper was born to Harry and Jenny Gropper in New York City, the eldest of six children. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Romania and Ukraine,[1] who were both employed in the city's garment industry, living in poverty on New York's Lower East Side.[2] His mother worked hard sewing piecework at home.[3] Harry Gropper, Bill's father, was university-educated and fluent in 8 languages, but was unable to find employment in America in a field for which he was suited.[4] This failure of the American economic system to make proper use of his father's talents doubtlessly contributed to William Gropper's lifelong antipathy toward capitalism.

Gropper's alienation was accentuated when on March 24, 1911, he lost a favorite aunt in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a disaster which resulted from locked doors and non-existent exits in a New York sweatshop.[5] Some 146 workers burned or jumped to their deaths on that day in what was New York's greatest human catastrophe prior to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Gropper's interest in art began at a young age. As a child of six young he took chalk to the sidewalks, decorating the concrete with elaborate picture stories of cowboys and Indians that extended around the block.[4] As a child on the way to school, Gropper used to lug bundles of his mother's piecework sewing to the sweatshops by which she was employed.[3]

At age 13, Gropper took his first art instruction at the radical Ferrer School, where he studied under George Bellows and Robert Henri.[6]
Cartoon from the June 1920 issue of The Liberator.

In 1913, Gropper graduated from public school, earning a medal in art and a scholarship to the National Academy of Design. The strong-willed Gropper refused to conform at the academy, however, and was subsequently expelled.[7] He attempted to attend high school that fall, but finances prevented his attendance and he was forced to seek work to help support his family.[7] He worked as an assistant in a clothing store, earning $5 a week.[3]

In 1915, Gropper showed a portfolio of his work to Frank Parsons, the head of the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. The work so impressed Parsons that Gropper was offered a scholarship to the school. Gropper continued to work reduced hours for reduced wages in the clothing store while he continued his artistic education.[8] In the subsequent two years, Gropper gained recognition and awards for his work.

In 1917, Gropper was offered a position on the staff of the New York Tribune, where over the next several years he earned a steady income doing drawings for the paper's special Sunday feature articles. At this time, the politically radical Gropper was brought into the orbit of original and innovative artists around the left wing New York monthly, The Masses. After The Masses was banned from the U.S. Mail in 1917, due to its unflinching anti-militarism, Gropper joined artists like Robert Minor, Maurice Becker, Art Young, Lydia Gibson, Hugo Gellert, and Boardman Robinson in contributing to its successor, The Liberator.

Gropper also contributed his art to The Revolutionary Age, a revolutionary socialist weekly edited by Louis C. Fraina and (in later issues) John Reed, a publication which narrowly predated the establishment of the American Communist Party, as well as to The Rebel Worker, a magazine of the Industrial Workers of the World, an anarcho-syndicalist union.

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              • WILLIAM GROPPER Pencil Signed Lithograph
                Feb. 22, 2024

                WILLIAM GROPPER Pencil Signed Lithograph

                Est: $100 - $1,000

                Signed and numbered 40 of 100. From a Larchmont NY storage.

                Clarke Auction Gallery
              • Portfolio of Etchings - William Gropper, New York 1965
                Feb. 18, 2024

                Portfolio of Etchings - William Gropper, New York 1965

                Est: -

                Portfolio of Etchings - William Gropper, New York 1965. William Gropper (1897-1977). Twelve Etchings with forward by Alan Fern. New York, 1965. Complete. Prints signed and numbered. Pickup is Monday, February 19th from 12pm to 6pm and Tuesday, February 20th from 10am to 3pm in Gahanna, Ohio 43230. (THIS IS THE ONLY PICKUP WINDOW) or we will provide in-house shipping for this item. We will charge a $3 delivery fee to take this lot to our warehouse for processing. Once packed up we will send you an invoice for shipping & handling. Shipping questions: [email protected] Sales tax will be collected for all bidders paying with a card. We will not charge sales tax if you come to pay cash in person (you are welcomed to do this!) If tax exempt, make sure your certificate is submitted with Invaluable.

                Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
              • Lithograph and Pochoir Print Assortment
                Feb. 18, 2024

                Lithograph and Pochoir Print Assortment

                Est: $200 - $400

                Lithograph and Pochoir Print Assortment (8) items, (6) lithographs by William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) including an undated, pencil signed and 'Color Proof' lower right, depicting a law court scene, an undated, pencil signed and 'Cancellation Proof' lower right, depicting a Jewish man and boy, (2) copies, undated, pencil signed lower left 'Filibuster', depicting Congress and (2) copies, undated, pencil signed lower left, depicting conversing women with one marked 'Artist Proof' and the other 'Cancellation', all matted behind acrylic in wood frames as well as (2) pochoir prints by Gino Severini (Italian, 1883-1966) including (2) undated, printed signature lower right, depicting a mother with child and a figure with cherubs, in gold-tone wood frames Property from: a Private Estate, Evanston, Illinois Category: Fine Art > Prints & Multiples Estimated Sale Time: 11:42 am CST ** This lot is being sold for the United States Bankruptcy Court. The lot is Sold As-Is, Where-Is, with no warranties or guarantees. Leonard Auction is required to provide the buyer�s first and last name to the United States Bankruptcy Court. ** Shipping Status: Leonard Auction, Inc. will provide direct shipping for this lot. Please visit our website for a shipping estimate. Last modified: February 1, 2024, 12:06 pm

                Leonard Auction
              • William Gropper (1897-1977), Untitled
                Feb. 17, 2024

                William Gropper (1897-1977), Untitled

                Est: $3,000 - $5,000

                Title: Untitled Dimensions: 14 x 22 Framed Dimensions: 21 3/8 x 29 1/4 x 2 5/8 Signature: signed lower right: Gropper

                Jackson Hole Art Auction
              • William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph on Wove Paper, 1952, "Diogenes", H 9.75" W 12.5"
                Feb. 16, 2024

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph on Wove Paper, 1952, "Diogenes", H 9.75" W 12.5"

                Est: $150 - $300

                Signed in pencil lower right, from the edition of 250, printed by George C. Miller, New York, published by Associated American Artists, New York, with margins. Frame Measurements H 18.75" W 20.25" Provenance: From the Estate of Prominent Collector, Leon Zielinski, Macomb County, MI

                DuMouchelles
              • William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph 1953-56, "The Old Man", H 14" W 10.5"
                Feb. 16, 2024

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph 1953-56, "The Old Man", H 14" W 10.5"

                Est: $150 - $300

                Numbered 11/50 in pencil lower left. Signed and titled in pencil at bottom of image. Framed dimensions H 20.25" X W 15.25" Provenance: Previously Purchased from Cranbrook. From the Estate of Prominent Collector, Leon Zielinski, Macomb County, MI

                DuMouchelles
              • William Gropper (American, 1897 - 1977)
                Feb. 11, 2024

                William Gropper (American, 1897 - 1977)

                Est: $200 - $400

                William Gropper (American, 1897 - 1977) "Winter" - 1945 Color lithograph. Signed in pencil lower left. Edition of 250. Image Size: 17 7/8 x 13.75 in. Overall Framed Size: 27.25 x 23 in. Framed behind glass.

                Helmuth Stone
              • 2 William Gropper (1897-1977) lithographs
                Feb. 10, 2024

                2 William Gropper (1897-1977) lithographs

                Est: $150 - $250

                Man Carrying Eggs & Musicians 2 lithographs, both signed in pencil.   14 5/8 x 10 3/4";  12 x 18 5/8"

                Rachel Davis Fine Arts
              • WILLIAM GROPPER PRINT
                Feb. 09, 2024

                WILLIAM GROPPER PRINT

                Est: $100 - $200

                WILLIAM GROPPER FRAMED PRINT, APPROXIMATELY 14 IN X 19 IN OVERALL

                Dennis Auction Service
              • WILLIAM GROPPER, EVIDENCE, LITHOGRAPH
                Jan. 31, 2024

                WILLIAM GROPPER, EVIDENCE, LITHOGRAPH

                Est: $1,200 - $1,400

                Artist: William Gropper, American (1897 - 1977) Title: Evidence Year: circa 1965 Medium: Lithograph, signed in pencil Edition: AP Size: 17.5 x 22 in. (44.45 x 55.88 cm) Description: A judge talks to a defense lawyer at the stand, the defendant sits behind the lawyer with the bailiff standing to the side. A great print displaying the style and period of time in American courtrooms.

                RoGallery
              • William Gropper (1897-1977) USA, Etching
                Jan. 21, 2024

                William Gropper (1897-1977) USA, Etching

                Est: $100 - $200

                William Gropper (1897-1977) USA, Etching. Numbered 75/100 in lower left. Signed in lower right. Etching of 3 figures. Next to one another looking to the left. One with arms crossed, another with hands clasped in front of face and third one just sitting. Spots on mat. Paper on back torn. Overall Size: 11 1/2 x 14 1/2 in. Sight Size: 5 1/8 x 6 7/8 in. William Gropper (1897 - 1977) was active/lived in New York. William Gropper is known for Genre-satire, religious painting, illustration. #1808 #17

                Sarasota Estate Auction
              • William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection
                Jan. 21, 2024

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection

                Est: $300 - $500

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection (6) items including (2) multi-image etchings having lithographed signatures with one dated 1965, an undated, pencil signed lower right, 'Artist Proof' lower left 'Men of Business' etching, an undated etching, printed reversed signature within image, an undated etching, pencil signed lower right and notated '1st State' and a lithograph 'Caucasian Peasants' pencil signed lower right and #32/35, all matted behind glass or acrylic in wood frames Property from: a Private Estate, Evanston, Illinois Category: Fine Art > Prints & Multiples Estimated Sale Time: 1:01 pm CST Shipping Status: Leonard Auction, Inc. will provide direct shipping for this lot. Please visit our website for a shipping estimate. Last modified: January 8, 2024, 9:03 am

                Leonard Auction
              • William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection
                Jan. 21, 2024

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection

                Est: $300 - $500

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection (7) items including (4) undated etchings, pencil signed lower margin with one #33/50, (2) being marked '1st State' and a 'Trial Proof' as well as (3) undated, posthumously printed lithographs having printed signatures, pencil signed by Sophie Gropper (American, 1902-1993), all matted behind acrylic in wood frames Property from: a Private Estate, Evanston, Illinois Category: Fine Art > Prints & Multiples Estimated Sale Time: 1:00 pm CST Shipping Status: Leonard Auction, Inc. will provide direct shipping for this lot. Please visit our website for a shipping estimate. Last modified: January 5, 2024, 9:16 am

                Leonard Auction
              • William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection
                Jan. 21, 2024

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection

                Est: $300 - $500

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection (6) items including (3) undated etchings, (2) pencil signed lower right, '1st State' and '2nd State' lower left, depicting a seated Caesar, an unsigned and (3) undated lithographs, (2) pencil signed and marked 'Trial Proof' depicting a standing Caesar and an unsigned having pencil notation 'cancellation' lower right, all matted behind acrylic in wood frames Property from: a Private Estate, Evanston, Illinois Category: Fine Art > Prints & Multiples Estimated Sale Time: 12:59 pm CST Shipping Status: Leonard Auction, Inc. will provide direct shipping for this lot. Please visit our website for a shipping estimate. Last modified: January 8, 2024, 9:03 am

                Leonard Auction
              • William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection
                Jan. 21, 2024

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection

                Est: $400 - $600

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection (6) items including an undated, pencil signed and 'Color Proof' lower right, depicting a law court scene, an undated, pencil signed and 'Cancellation Proof' lower right, depicting a Jewish man and boy, (2) copies, undated, pencil signed lower left 'Filibuster', depicting Congress and (2) copies, undated, pencil signed lower left, depicting conversing women with one marked 'Artist Proof' and the other 'Cancellation', all matted behind acrylic in wood frames Property from: a Private Estate, Evanston, Illinois Category: Fine Art > Prints & Multiples Estimated Sale Time: 12:58 pm CST Shipping Status: Leonard Auction, Inc. will provide direct shipping for this lot. Please visit our website for a shipping estimate. Last modified: January 8, 2024, 9:05 am

                Leonard Auction
              • William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection
                Jan. 21, 2024

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection

                Est: $300 - $500

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph Collection (5) items including an undated, pencil signed lower right, depicting an orchestra, (2) copies, undated, pencil signed lower right below printed artist logo, depicting dancers, an undated, pencil signed lower right below printed artist logo, depicting Nero annotated 'Color Trial' lower left and an undated, pencil signed lower right below printed artist logo, depicting a man with his upright bass fiddle, all matted behind acrylic in wood frames Property from: a Private Estate, Evanston, Illinois Category: Fine Art > Prints & Multiples Estimated Sale Time: 12:57 pm CST Shipping Status: Leonard Auction, Inc. will provide direct shipping for this lot. Please visit our website for a shipping estimate. Last modified: January 8, 2024, 9:03 am

                Leonard Auction
              • William Gropper (1897 - 1977) Lithograph
                Dec. 17, 2023

                William Gropper (1897 - 1977) Lithograph

                Est: $200 - $300

                A large pencil signed lithograph depicting a court case.    Dimensions: sight is 15" x 19", the frame 24" x 28". 

                Locati LLC
              • William Gropper. "Wall Street," pen and ink
                Dec. 16, 2023

                William Gropper. "Wall Street," pen and ink

                Est: $500 - $700

                (American, 1897-1977). Ink and airbrush on paper, pencil signed "Gropper" lr, titled ll, sight size: 11 x 15 1/4 in., framed size: 14 x 18 inches.

                Alex Cooper
              • William Gropper, The Senate, color lithograph
                Dec. 15, 2023

                William Gropper, The Senate, color lithograph

                Est: $100 - $150

                William Gropper The Senate color lithograph framed.

                Link Auction Galleries
              • WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 14 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH
                Dec. 14, 2023

                WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 14 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH

                Est: $200 - $300

                Artist: William Gropper, American (1897 - 1977) Title: Untitled 14 from the Shtetl Portfolio Year: 1960 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP XX Size: 14 in. x 11 in. (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)

                RoGallery
              • WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 22 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH
                Dec. 14, 2023

                WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 22 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH

                Est: $200 - $300

                Artist: William Gropper, American (1897 - 1977) Title: Untitled 22 from the Shtetl Portfolio Year: 1960 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP VII/XX Size: 14 in. x 11 in. (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)

                RoGallery
              • WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 2 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH
                Dec. 14, 2023

                WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 2 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH

                Est: $200 - $300

                Artist: William Gropper, American (1897 - 1977) Title: Untitled 2 from the Shtetl Portfolio Year: 1960 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP VII/XX Size: 14 in. x 11 in. (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)

                RoGallery
              • WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 1 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH
                Dec. 14, 2023

                WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 1 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH

                Est: $200 - $300

                Artist: William Gropper, American (1897 - 1977) Title: Untitled 1 from the Shtetl Portfolio Year: 1960 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP VII/XX Size: 14 in. x 11 in. (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)

                RoGallery
              • WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 4 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH
                Dec. 14, 2023

                WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 4 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH

                Est: $200 - $300

                Artist: William Gropper, American (1897 - 1977) Title: Untitled 4 from the Shtetl Portfolio Year: 1960 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP VII/XX Size: 14 in. x 11 in. (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)

                RoGallery
              • WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 11 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH
                Dec. 14, 2023

                WILLIAM GROPPER, UNTITLED 11 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH

                Est: $200 - $300

                Artist: William Gropper, American (1897 - 1977) Title: Untitled 11 from the Shtetl Portfolio Year: 1960 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: AP XX Size: 14 in. x 11 in. (35.56 cm x 27.94 cm)

                RoGallery
              • William Gropper American Folklore Portfolio
                Dec. 07, 2023

                William Gropper American Folklore Portfolio

                Est: $100 - $200

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977). Portfolio, American Folklore: Lithographs by Gropper. Complete set of 10 lithographs: Paul Bunyan, Rip van Winkle, The Headless Horseman, Davy Crockett, Mike Fink, Johnny Appleseed, John Brown, Finn Mac Cool, John Henry, Joe Magarac. In a paper folio. All signed and titled in the plate in the lower margin. Each sheet 17" x 11". Slight toning to sheets; toning, staining and discoloration to paper folio, tears and creases to corners and at seams.

                Willow Auction House
              • William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) - Doomsday Rhapsody
                Dec. 03, 2023

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) - Doomsday Rhapsody

                Est: $25,000 - $40,000

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) - Doomsday Rhapsody Signed ‘GROPPER-’ bottom right, oil on canvas 42 x 52 in. (106.7 x 132.1cm) Executed in 1973. Provenance The Artist. The Estate of the Artist. Private Collection, New York, New York. Lot Essay Doomsday Rhapsody is an important and engaging late-period painting by William Gropper. Colorful, dramatic, and large in scale, it depicts myriad social and political themes, which, on the one hand were specifically contemporaneous to American life in the first half of the 1970s, and on the other, encapsulate broader, universal themes that shed light on social, economic, and political injustices. Early on, Gropper was a political cartoonist with the New York Tribune, but he was also a contributor to leftist publications Freiheit, Liberator, and Daily Worker. Though he trained with Robert Henri and George Bellows, given the themes in his work, Gropper has fairly been compared to such artists as Honoré Daumier and Otto Dix. In the present painting, the figures nearly burst from the confines of the canvas, as Gropper takes on events such as the Vietnam War and Watergate.

                Freeman's
              • William Gropper 'Logs on a Wagon'
                Dec. 02, 2023

                William Gropper 'Logs on a Wagon'

                Est: $150 - $200

                William Gropper (American 1897 - 1977) 'Logs on a wagon' signed bottom right.   William Gropper was a satirical cartoonist for the New York Tribune and contributed artwork to Vanity Fair. The New Yorker Magazine described him as "one of the most accomplished significant artists of our generation". Framed in a Gold leaf frame.   Approximate Size of Piece Framed: 18.25" H x 15.5" W Approximate Size Site Size: 11.5" H x 9" W   All lots sold as is.   La Belle Epoque Auction House does NOT offer any in-house shipping. We recommend contacting UPS Store [email protected] or Manhattan Mailroom (212) 249-1756. Please see additional details in our terms and conditions.

                La Belle Epoque Auction House
              • William Gropper portfolio
                Dec. 02, 2023

                William Gropper portfolio

                Est: $200 - $400

                William Gropper (1897-1977) The Shtetl portfolio of 22 lithographs in color, (2 missing), all signed and numbered 89/120  in pencil,  in original linen covered case.    14 x 11" ea. (sheet)    

                Rachel Davis Fine Arts
              • William Gropper
                Nov. 18, 2023

                William Gropper

                Est: $1,000 - $2,000

                (American, 1897-1977) War, signed lower left "Gropper", mixed media en grisaille on buff paper, sight 17-1/4 x 23 in.; dark finished wood frame, 26-3/4 x 32-1/4 in. Provenance: Associated American Artists, New York, NY and Chicago, Illinois (label verso); The Laura Davidson Sears Gallery of Fine Art, Elgin Academy, Elgin, Illinois

                Brunk Auctions
              • WILLIAM GROPPER (AMERICAN, 1897-1977).
                Nov. 12, 2023

                WILLIAM GROPPER (AMERICAN, 1897-1977).

                Est: $6,000 - $9,000

                'Master and Pupil'. oil on canvas. Signed lower left. From a New Rochelle, NY collection.

                Clarke Auction Gallery
              • William Gropper (1897-1977) Judaica Lithograph
                Nov. 12, 2023

                William Gropper (1897-1977) Judaica Lithograph

                Est: $100 - $150

                William Gropper, American (1897-1977), Judaica Color Lithograph. Part of a 24 Piece Series Titled "The Shtetl". Pencil Signed Lower Right. In Original Frame Under Glass. Not Examined Out of Frame. Condition: Excellent. Dimensions: Sight- 11.75" x 8.75". Frame- 18" x 15". Provenance: From a Long Island, NY Estate. Please note the absence of a Condition Report does not imply that there are no condition issues with this lot. Please contact us for a detailed Condition Report. It is the Buyer's responsibility to inspect each lot and deem their own opinions on Condition, Description, Provenance, and Validity before purchasing. Please make an appointment to preview or ask for Condition Reports. Condition Reports are rendered as an opinion by the staff of the Auction House and not as statements of fact. REMEMBER ALL SALES ARE FINAL AND ALL ITEMS ARE SOLD AS-IS, WHERE IS.

                World Auction Gallery
              • William Gropper. "Uprooted," lithograph
                Nov. 04, 2023

                William Gropper. "Uprooted," lithograph

                Est: $400 - $600

                (American, 1897-1977). Lithograph, pencil signed lr, pencil titled ll, sight size: 10 1/4 x 15 3/4 in., framed size: 19 x 23 1/2 inches.

                Alex Cooper
              • William Gropper (AM 1897-1977) Three Lithographs
                Nov. 03, 2023

                William Gropper (AM 1897-1977) Three Lithographs

                Est: $300 - $500

                William Gropper (American 1897-1977) Three Lithographs from The Senate Series - Point of Order, The Gallery, Filibuster - Plates- 12 x 16 23 x 29" as framed.

                Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
              • William Gropper. Signed Photo in Matte
                Oct. 26, 2023

                William Gropper. Signed Photo in Matte

                Est: $200 - $400

                6 1/4" x 9" Image size portrait photo of William Gropper an American cartoonist, painter, lithographer, and muralist. A committed radical, Gropper is best known for the political work which he contributed to such left wing publications asThe Revolutionary Age, The Liberator &The New Masses, Overall size 11" x 15 1/2" signed in pen on matte lower left by Gropper.

                Weiss Auctions
              • William GROPPER: "Eternal Senator" - Painting
                Oct. 20, 2023

                William GROPPER: "Eternal Senator" - Painting

                Est: $15,000 - $20,000

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) oil on canvas titled "Eternal Senator", circa 1956, signed lower right. Exhibited at numerous exhibitions and bearing museum labels verso. Purchased from ACA Galleries, NYC. [Sight: 71 3/4" H x 45 1/2" W; Frame: 79" H x 53" W].

                Roland Auctions NY
              • WILLIAM GROPPER, NO. 16 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH
                Oct. 20, 2023

                WILLIAM GROPPER, NO. 16 FROM THE SHTETL PORTFOLIO, LITHOGRAPH

                Est: $200 - $300

                Artist: William Gropper, American (1897 - 1977) Title: No. 16 from the Shtetl Portfolio Year: 1950 Medium: Lithograph, signed and numbered in pencil Edition: 48/120 Size: 13 in. x 10 in. (33.02 cm x 25.4 cm) Frame Size: 20 x 16 inches

                RoGallery
              • William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph in Colors, "Dancer in Cafe", H 13" W 10"
                Oct. 20, 2023

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) Lithograph in Colors, "Dancer in Cafe", H 13" W 10"

                Est: $100 - $200

                Signed lower left and numbered 78/120 lower right. Frame 22" x 19".

                DuMouchelles
              • William Gropper Signed Color Lithograph, The Horsemen
                Oct. 14, 2023

                William Gropper Signed Color Lithograph, The Horsemen

                Est: $50 - $100

                William Gropper Signed Color Lithograph, The Horsemen. Lithograph in colors, also know as The Red Cavalry or The Russian Horses, by social realist William Gropper (Amercan 1897-1977). Signed in pencil lower right and in a red wood frame. Gropper is best known for the political work which he contributed to such left wing publications as The Revolutionary Age, The Liberator, The New Masses, The Worker, and Morgen Freiheit. Dimensions are 24.5 in h x 28.5 in w x 1 in d. Condition is good with some discoloration and also wear to frame. Please call or email for a detailed condition report.

                Public Sale Auction House
              • William Gropper (1897 - 1977) American
                Oct. 10, 2023

                William Gropper (1897 - 1977) American

                Est: $200 - $300

                William Gropper (1897 - 1977) Chromolithoraph signed in pencil lower right, measures 21 x 24 Printed upon wove paper and with full margins as published in New York around 1940. A finely printed impression and in good condition throughout. This original lithograph represents a prime example of the famous satirical art of William Gropper. William Gropper: One of America’s greatest twentieth century social and satirical artists, William Gropper studied painting and printmaking under George Bellows at the Ferrer School in San Francisco (1913-14), at the National Academy of Design (1914) and at the New York School of Fine Art (1915-18). He was first employed as a staff artist for The New York Tribune (1919-21) and later for the New York World (1925-27). During this time Gropper also contributed many drawings to Leftist publications such as ‘The New Masses’ and ‘The Liberator’. By the mid 1920’s William Gropper had established himself as a major satirical artist and lithography became one of his most potent weapons for launching his attacks against big business and big politics.

                Cutler Bay Auctions
              • William Gropper, New York (1897-1977), The Senate Series, 6 etchings, 6"H x 3 4"W (plate), 14"H x 9 7/8"W
                Oct. 07, 2023

                William Gropper, New York (1897-1977), The Senate Series, 6 etchings, 6"H x 3 4"W (plate), 14"H x 9 7/8"W

                Est: $140 - $300

                William Gropper New York, (1897-1977) The Senate Series 6 etchings Pencil signed and numbered. For Associated American Artists. Includes: For the Record, Point of Order, Caucus, Mr. President, Club Members, Cloak Room New-York born artist William Gropper was a painter and cartoonist who, with caricature style, focused on social concerns, and was actively engaged in support of the organized labor movement throughout his career. During the 1930s, working as a part of the Federal Arts Project, he produced some of the most gripping social protest works of the Great Depression. Subjects included industrial strikes and incidents of strike breaking, especially in the coal mining and steel-production centers. He did much illustration-cartoon work for the New York Tribune newspaper, Vanity Fair magazine and the politically 'left-wing' publication, "New Masses." Gropper's painting, Youngstown Strike, has received much attention for its strong, social-realist impact and was apparently prompted by the extended strikes staged in 1936-37 by workers at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, Youngstown, Ohio. During these years chaos frequently reigned throughout much of the city. In one incident, following a savage confrontation with police guards by workers and their families, the police tear gassed and shot at the workers; two strikers were killed and twenty-eight injured. Gropper visited Youngstown during this period, and commented on the incident in an article and a series of descriptive action sketches published in The Nation. Some of his other pieces focused on the hypocrisy of government figures, especially members of the United States Senate. As a young man, William Gropper was a student of Robert Henri and George Bellows at the Ferrer School from 1912 to 1915. He did fine-art painting on the side until the early 1920s, and had his first solo exhibition in 1936. In 1938, he completed a mural for the Department of the Interior in Washington DC. Provenance: William Victor "Bill" Gropper (December 3, 1897 – January 3, 1977) was a U.S. cartoonist, painter, lithographer, and muralist. A committed radical, Gropper is best known for the political work which he contributed to such left wing publications as The Revolutionary Age, The Liberator, The New Masses, The Worker, and The Morning Freiheit. Gropper was born to Harry and Jenny Gropper in New York City, the eldest of six children. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Romania and Ukraine,[1] who were both employed in the city's garment industry, living in poverty on New York's Lower East Side.[2] His mother worked hard sewing piecework at home.[3] Harry Gropper, Bill's father, was university-educated and fluent in 8 languages, but was unable to find employment in America in a field for which he was suited.[4] This failure of the American economic system to make proper use of his father's talents doubtlessly contributed to William Gropper's lifelong antipathy toward capitalism. Gropper's alienation was accentuated when on March 24, 1911, he lost a favorite aunt in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a disaster which resulted from locked doors and non-existent exits in a New York sweatshop.[5] Some 146 workers burned or jumped to their deaths on that day in what was New York's greatest human catastrophe prior to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Gropper's interest in art began at a young age. As a child of six young he took chalk to the sidewalks, decorating the concrete with elaborate picture stories of cowboys and Indians that extended around the block.[4] As a child on the way to school, Gropper used to lug bundles of his mother's piecework sewing to the sweatshops by which she was employed.[3] At age 13, Gropper took his first art instruction at the radical Ferrer School, where he studied under George Bellows and Robert Henri.[6] Cartoon from the June 1920 issue of The Liberator. In 1913, Gropper graduated from public school, earning a medal in art and a scholarship to the National Academy of Design. The strong-willed Gropper refused to conform at the academy, however, and was subsequently expelled.[7] He attempted to attend high school that fall, but finances prevented his attendance and he was forced to seek work to help support his family.[7] He worked as an assistant in a clothing store, earning $5 a week.[3] In 1915, Gropper showed a portfolio of his work to Frank Parsons, the head of the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. The work so impressed Parsons that Gropper was offered a scholarship to the school. Gropper continued to work reduced hours for reduced wages in the clothing store while he continued his artistic education.[8] In the subsequent two years, Gropper gained recognition and awards for his work. In 1917, Gropper was offered a position on the staff of the New York Tribune, where over the next several years he earned a steady income doing drawings for the paper's special Sunday feature articles. At this time, the politically radical Gropper was brought into the orbit of original and innovative artists around the left wing New York monthly, The Masses. After The Masses was banned from the U.S. Mail in 1917, due to its unflinching anti-militarism, Gropper joined artists like Robert Minor, Maurice Becker, Art Young, Lydia Gibson, Hugo Gellert, and Boardman Robinson in contributing to its successor, The Liberator. Gropper also contributed his art to The Revolutionary Age, a revolutionary socialist weekly edited by Louis C. Fraina and (in later issues) John Reed, a publication which narrowly predated the establishment of the American Communist Party, as well as to The Rebel Worker, a magazine of the Industrial Workers of the World, an anarcho-syndicalist union.

                Ripley Auctions
              • William Gropper, New York (1897-1977), man with bullwhip and cuffed fists, mixed media on paper, 13"H x 8 1/2"W
                Oct. 07, 2023

                William Gropper, New York (1897-1977), man with bullwhip and cuffed fists, mixed media on paper, 13"H x 8 1/2"W

                Est: $200 - $400

                William Gropper New York, (1897-1977) man with bullwhip and cuffed fists mixed media on paper Signed lower right. New-York born artist William Gropper was a painter and cartoonist who, with caricature style, focused on social concerns, and was actively engaged in support of the organized labor movement throughout his career. During the 1930s, working as a part of the Federal Arts Project, he produced some of the most gripping social protest works of the Great Depression. Subjects included industrial strikes and incidents of strike breaking, especially in the coal mining and steel-production centers. He did much illustration-cartoon work for the New York Tribune newspaper, Vanity Fair magazine and the politically 'left-wing' publication, "New Masses." Gropper's painting, Youngstown Strike, has received much attention for its strong, social-realist impact and was apparently prompted by the extended strikes staged in 1936-37 by workers at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, Youngstown, Ohio. During these years chaos frequently reigned throughout much of the city. In one incident, following a savage confrontation with police guards by workers and their families, the police tear gassed and shot at the workers; two strikers were killed and twenty-eight injured. Gropper visited Youngstown during this period, and commented on the incident in an article and a series of descriptive action sketches published in The Nation. Some of his other pieces focused on the hypocrisy of government figures, especially members of the United States Senate. As a young man, William Gropper was a student of Robert Henri and George Bellows at the Ferrer School from 1912 to 1915. He did fine-art painting on the side until the early 1920s, and had his first solo exhibition in 1936. In 1938, he completed a mural for the Department of the Interior in Washington DC. Provenance: William Victor "Bill" Gropper (December 3, 1897 – January 3, 1977) was a U.S. cartoonist, painter, lithographer, and muralist. A committed radical, Gropper is best known for the political work which he contributed to such left wing publications as The Revolutionary Age, The Liberator, The New Masses, The Worker, and The Morning Freiheit. Gropper was born to Harry and Jenny Gropper in New York City, the eldest of six children. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Romania and Ukraine,[1] who were both employed in the city's garment industry, living in poverty on New York's Lower East Side.[2] His mother worked hard sewing piecework at home.[3] Harry Gropper, Bill's father, was university-educated and fluent in 8 languages, but was unable to find employment in America in a field for which he was suited.[4] This failure of the American economic system to make proper use of his father's talents doubtlessly contributed to William Gropper's lifelong antipathy toward capitalism. Gropper's alienation was accentuated when on March 24, 1911, he lost a favorite aunt in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a disaster which resulted from locked doors and non-existent exits in a New York sweatshop.[5] Some 146 workers burned or jumped to their deaths on that day in what was New York's greatest human catastrophe prior to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Gropper's interest in art began at a young age. As a child of six young he took chalk to the sidewalks, decorating the concrete with elaborate picture stories of cowboys and Indians that extended around the block.[4] As a child on the way to school, Gropper used to lug bundles of his mother's piecework sewing to the sweatshops by which she was employed.[3] At age 13, Gropper took his first art instruction at the radical Ferrer School, where he studied under George Bellows and Robert Henri.[6] Cartoon from the June 1920 issue of The Liberator. In 1913, Gropper graduated from public school, earning a medal in art and a scholarship to the National Academy of Design. The strong-willed Gropper refused to conform at the academy, however, and was subsequently expelled.[7] He attempted to attend high school that fall, but finances prevented his attendance and he was forced to seek work to help support his family.[7] He worked as an assistant in a clothing store, earning $5 a week.[3] In 1915, Gropper showed a portfolio of his work to Frank Parsons, the head of the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. The work so impressed Parsons that Gropper was offered a scholarship to the school. Gropper continued to work reduced hours for reduced wages in the clothing store while he continued his artistic education.[8] In the subsequent two years, Gropper gained recognition and awards for his work. In 1917, Gropper was offered a position on the staff of the New York Tribune, where over the next several years he earned a steady income doing drawings for the paper's special Sunday feature articles. At this time, the politically radical Gropper was brought into the orbit of original and innovative artists around the left wing New York monthly, The Masses. After The Masses was banned from the U.S. Mail in 1917, due to its unflinching anti-militarism, Gropper joined artists like Robert Minor, Maurice Becker, Art Young, Lydia Gibson, Hugo Gellert, and Boardman Robinson in contributing to its successor, The Liberator. Gropper also contributed his art to The Revolutionary Age, a revolutionary socialist weekly edited by Louis C. Fraina and (in later issues) John Reed, a publication which narrowly predated the establishment of the American Communist Party, as well as to The Rebel Worker, a magazine of the Industrial Workers of the World, an anarcho-syndicalist union.

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              • William Gropper, New York (1897-1977), Farmer, etching, 6"H x 4"W (plate), 14"H x 9 7/8"W (sheet)
                Oct. 07, 2023

                William Gropper, New York (1897-1977), Farmer, etching, 6"H x 4"W (plate), 14"H x 9 7/8"W (sheet)

                Est: $100 - $200

                William Gropper New York, (1897-1977) Farmer etching Signed in the plate and pencil signed lower right, numbered 12/100 lower left. New-York born artist William Gropper was a painter and cartoonist who, with caricature style, focused on social concerns, and was actively engaged in support of the organized labor movement throughout his career. During the 1930s, working as a part of the Federal Arts Project, he produced some of the most gripping social protest works of the Great Depression. Subjects included industrial strikes and incidents of strike breaking, especially in the coal mining and steel-production centers. He did much illustration-cartoon work for the New York Tribune newspaper, Vanity Fair magazine and the politically 'left-wing' publication, "New Masses." Gropper's painting, Youngstown Strike, has received much attention for its strong, social-realist impact and was apparently prompted by the extended strikes staged in 1936-37 by workers at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company, Youngstown, Ohio. During these years chaos frequently reigned throughout much of the city. In one incident, following a savage confrontation with police guards by workers and their families, the police tear gassed and shot at the workers; two strikers were killed and twenty-eight injured. Gropper visited Youngstown during this period, and commented on the incident in an article and a series of descriptive action sketches published in The Nation. Some of his other pieces focused on the hypocrisy of government figures, especially members of the United States Senate. As a young man, William Gropper was a student of Robert Henri and George Bellows at the Ferrer School from 1912 to 1915. He did fine-art painting on the side until the early 1920s, and had his first solo exhibition in 1936. In 1938, he completed a mural for the Department of the Interior in Washington DC. Provenance: William Victor "Bill" Gropper (December 3, 1897 – January 3, 1977) was a U.S. cartoonist, painter, lithographer, and muralist. A committed radical, Gropper is best known for the political work which he contributed to such left wing publications as The Revolutionary Age, The Liberator, The New Masses, The Worker, and The Morning Freiheit. Gropper was born to Harry and Jenny Gropper in New York City, the eldest of six children. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Romania and Ukraine,[1] who were both employed in the city's garment industry, living in poverty on New York's Lower East Side.[2] His mother worked hard sewing piecework at home.[3] Harry Gropper, Bill's father, was university-educated and fluent in 8 languages, but was unable to find employment in America in a field for which he was suited.[4] This failure of the American economic system to make proper use of his father's talents doubtlessly contributed to William Gropper's lifelong antipathy toward capitalism. Gropper's alienation was accentuated when on March 24, 1911, he lost a favorite aunt in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a disaster which resulted from locked doors and non-existent exits in a New York sweatshop.[5] Some 146 workers burned or jumped to their deaths on that day in what was New York's greatest human catastrophe prior to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Gropper's interest in art began at a young age. As a child of six young he took chalk to the sidewalks, decorating the concrete with elaborate picture stories of cowboys and Indians that extended around the block.[4] As a child on the way to school, Gropper used to lug bundles of his mother's piecework sewing to the sweatshops by which she was employed.[3] At age 13, Gropper took his first art instruction at the radical Ferrer School, where he studied under George Bellows and Robert Henri.[6] Cartoon from the June 1920 issue of The Liberator. In 1913, Gropper graduated from public school, earning a medal in art and a scholarship to the National Academy of Design. The strong-willed Gropper refused to conform at the academy, however, and was subsequently expelled.[7] He attempted to attend high school that fall, but finances prevented his attendance and he was forced to seek work to help support his family.[7] He worked as an assistant in a clothing store, earning $5 a week.[3] In 1915, Gropper showed a portfolio of his work to Frank Parsons, the head of the New York School of Fine and Applied Arts. The work so impressed Parsons that Gropper was offered a scholarship to the school. Gropper continued to work reduced hours for reduced wages in the clothing store while he continued his artistic education.[8] In the subsequent two years, Gropper gained recognition and awards for his work. In 1917, Gropper was offered a position on the staff of the New York Tribune, where over the next several years he earned a steady income doing drawings for the paper's special Sunday feature articles. At this time, the politically radical Gropper was brought into the orbit of original and innovative artists around the left wing New York monthly, The Masses. After The Masses was banned from the U.S. Mail in 1917, due to its unflinching anti-militarism, Gropper joined artists like Robert Minor, Maurice Becker, Art Young, Lydia Gibson, Hugo Gellert, and Boardman Robinson in contributing to its successor, The Liberator. Gropper also contributed his art to The Revolutionary Age, a revolutionary socialist weekly edited by Louis C. Fraina and (in later issues) John Reed, a publication which narrowly predated the establishment of the American Communist Party, as well as to The Rebel Worker, a magazine of the Industrial Workers of the World, an anarcho-syndicalist union.

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              • William GROPPER: "Eternal Senator" - Painting
                Sep. 23, 2023

                William GROPPER: "Eternal Senator" - Painting

                Est: $25,000 - $35,000

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) oil on canvas titled "Eternal Senator", circa 1956, signed lower right. Exhibited at numerous exhibitions and bearing museum labels verso. [Sight: 71 3/4" H x 45 1/2" W; Frame: 79" H x 53" W].

                Roland Auctions NY
              • WILLIAM GROPPER Rhythm in Blue.
                Sep. 21, 2023

                WILLIAM GROPPER Rhythm in Blue.

                Est: $3,000 - $5,000

                WILLIAM GROPPER Rhythm in Blue. Oil on canvas mounted on board, circa 1950. 605x840 mm; 23 7/8x33 inches. Signed in oil, lower left recto. Provenance: The artist, Croton-on-Hudson, New York, with the ink stamp on the frame back; ACA Gallery, New York, with the label; private collection, New York.

                Swann Auction Galleries
              • WILLIAM GROPPER 'CIRCUS PERFORMER' PASTEL
                Sep. 16, 2023

                WILLIAM GROPPER 'CIRCUS PERFORMER' PASTEL

                Est: $150 - $200

                William Gropper (American, 1897-1977) pastel on paper mounted to cardboard depicting a circus performer on horseback. Signed lower right. Measures 24 1/4" x 19 1/8".

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              • 10pc WILLIAM GROPPER COLOR LITHOGRAPHS
                Sep. 16, 2023

                10pc WILLIAM GROPPER COLOR LITHOGRAPHS

                Est: $200 - $300

                Ten color lithographs by William Gropper (American, 1897-1977). Each pencil signed and numbered from editions of 200. Each measures 30" x 22".

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              • Six William Gropper (American 1897-1977) Etchings, from "The Senate" series to include, "For the Record" edition 64/100, "Mister President" edition 73/100, "Cloak Room" edition 64/100, "Club Members" edition 62/100, "...
                Jul. 22, 2023

                Six William Gropper (American 1897-1977) Etchings, from "The Senate" series to include, "For the Record" edition 64/100, "Mister President" edition 73/100, "Cloak Room" edition 64/100, "Club Members" edition 62/100, "...

                Est: $150 - $300

                Six William Gropper (American 1897-1977) Etchings from "The Senate" series to include "For the Record" edition 64/100 "Mister President" edition 73/100 "Cloak Room" edition 64/100 "Club Members" edition 62/100 "Point of Order" edition 64/100 "Caucus" edition 64/100 each pencil signed lower right with artist bios on verso printed by American Associated Artists each 6"x 3 1/2"

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