Citation
Victory of Light over Darkness [For the Auditorium of the High School of Central Needle Trades (now known as the High School of  Fashion Industries), New York]

Material Information

Title:
Victory of Light over Darkness [For the Auditorium of the High School of Central Needle Trades (now known as the High School of Fashion Industries), New York] [study]
Creator:
Ernest Fiene ( Artist )
Place of Publication:
USA, New York, NY
Creation Date:
1938 __ __Executed in fresco secco, 1939-40
Materials:
tempera ( medium )
board ( medium )
Measurements:
28-3/4 in x 69 in x 2 in ( Dimensions, framed )
73.0 cm x 175.3 cm x 5.1 cm ( Dimensions, framed )

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords:
Industry -- WPA/Federal Arts Project -- Figurative -- Immigrant
Genre:
studies (visual works) ( aat )

Notes

Abstract:
Tempera on board mural study symbolizing disorganized society being challenged by enlightenment; in the background are scores of immigrants entering America through Castle Gardens; they pass to the left to a typical lower East Side street, past the New York skyline of the day; further in the background is the rosy hue of a future skyline; below on the right are shown the sweat shop, home work, and child labor conditions of early manufacturing in NY over which hovers the huge green figure of Greed who, with his right hand clutches the cut cloth which typifies what in the textile industry was known as the "struggle for the bundle"; the central group illustrates people carrying off these bundles for home work, a typical sight on the lower East Side before 1910 (Fiene, in fact, based his central female figure here on a well-known Lewis Hine photo); to the left is a large figure symbolizing Enlightenment, whose right hand points to the great Triangle Fire, the disaster which first drew public attention to the prevailing conditions in the needle trades; below the figure of Enlightenment is a group of prominent persons in labor, manufacturing and civic life largely responsible for the reform of conditions, they include Lillian Wald, Louis D. Brandeis, Al Smith and others.
Preferred Citation:
The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, Miami Beach, Florida, The Mitchell Wolfson, Jr. Collection

Record Information

Source Institution:
The Wolfsonian-Florida International University
Holding Location:
The Wolfsonian FIU Object Collection
Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier:
85.5.3.1 ( accession number )
Classification:
Fine Art