JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
Ralph Fasanella (1914-1997) was a self-taught artist who included minute details in his large canvases in which he re-created New York City, vast scenes of industry and celebration, and in general anything having a lot of people in it. He was if not in fact then at least in his head a Wobbly, a left-of-left deeply-pro-union socially-consciousness commentator, the son of a button-hole making mother and an ice-seller father. Ralph was a machinist and gas station owner, and in there somewhere in mid-life he became a painter. I like his work quite a bit.
[Photo shows group of men gathered outdoors, probably in New York City, to hear about the textile strike in Lawrence, MA. (Source: Flickr Commons project, 2008)]
[Photo shows the Lawrence textile strike of 1912, also known as the "Bread and Roses" strike. Source: Library of Congress.]
And from the introduction to the Report on Strike of Textile Workers in Lawrence, Mass., (U.S. Bureau of Labor, 1912) we read:
"In Lawrence, Mass., fully one-half of the population 14 years of
age or over is employed in the woolen and worsted mills and cotton mills, and approximately 60,000 (including employees and members of their families) of the 85,892 people living in Lawrence are directly dependent upon earnings in these textile mills." "The textile strike in Lawrence and the conditions which followed were not primarily due to any condition peculiar to Lawrence. The general conditions of the industry in Lawrence are more or less typical of the textile industry in all of the large distinctly textile towns, and the strike in Lawrence and the conditions attending it might just as easily have occurred in any other of these towns."
In short, a standard bit.
Here are some other examples of Fasanella's work: