Medium:Gouache, watercolor, and ink on brown paper
Height: 10.25 in
Width: 13.25 in
Painter, printmaker, and draftsman Jack Levine is best known for his unsparing images of corrupt politicians, slippery gangsters, fat cat businessmen, and uptight socialites. Levine studied art at Harvard University and worked on and off for the Depression-era Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project in Boston before serving in World War II. Levine made multiple preparatory images and prints relating to the painting Reception in Miami in the collection of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. At the surface the painting was about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor during their visit to Florida in 1948, however, at its core the artist chose to skewer the fawning Americans who supplicated themselves in the face of royalty.