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Stowell Sherman

WPA Scene American Modernism 20th Century Workers Strike Realism Industrial
Located in New York, NY
,. Oil on board, c. 1930’s. Signed lower left. Stowell Sherman (1886 – 1973) was born in Providence
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1930s American Modern Figurative Paintings

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