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Letterio Calapai

Letterio Calapai was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied at the Boston School of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts School of Art, Beaux Arts Institute, and the Art Students League in New York. He was inspired to do wood engraving while studying the work of Thomas Bewick. In 1939, while doing mural work for the WPA he developed a series of three panels showing the history of military signal communication, now displayed at the United States Army Signal Museum at Camp Gordon, Georgia. He has taught at the New School for Social Research, Pratt Graphics Center, New York University, and Brandeis University in Massachusetts. Calapai's works are in museums in Italy, Australia, Israel, India, Japan, and other institutions throughout the world. Research: Artists for Victory, Ellen G. Landau, 1988, Library of Congress, Washington, DC



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Letterio Calapai

American (1902-1993)
Labor in a Diesel Plant
15-3/4 x 9-1/2 in.

Wood engraving, 1940, signed on the block, lower right; signed, titled, and numbered in pencil, edition 36/50. In excellent condition, printed on Basingwerk paper; probably full margins. Illustrated in Artists for Victory, p.27. This print was completed while working at the American Locomotive Company in Auburn, New York, during the war. In the lower left corner of the image, Calapai, can be seen rolling an oil drum.


$4500.
Labor in a Diesel Plant



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