The Riveter (Bronx, New York), Ben Shahn, 1938 (Smithsonian American Art Museum) By Henry Luong S The Riveter: Biography S Ben Shahn was born on September 12, 1898 in Lithuania and is known for his works on social realism, political views and his book called The Shape of Content. S After moving over to New York, he became a biology student in 1919 at New York University and then pursued art in 1921 at City College and at the National Academy of Design. The Riveter: Biography Continued… S After his marriage in 1924 to Tillie Goldstein, he traveled around North Africa and Europe studying illustrious artists. After coming back to New York he directed his own originality creating a more realist style and social dialogue. The Riveter: Visual Analysis S Tempera on Paperboard S Dimensions: 33 x 14 ¾ (83.8 x 37.5 cm) S Figure: male S Cityscape- New York- Bronx S Occupation- industry- construction S Study- Mural Study The Riveter: Historical Context S Ben Shahn drew this during the great depression to portray Franklin D Roosevelt’s New Deal. Under this deal, it allowed new jobs for workers and one of the main jobs were construction workers. The Riveter: Significance S Ben Shahn’s theme was that people and their talents are as important to keep as natural resources such as water and soil.