Art: War Painter

Greenwich Village's American Contemporary Artists Gallery nestles like a hayloft hideaway in the eaves of the Village Barn cabaret. There last week William Cropper, U. S. leftism's No. 1 painter, gave his annual one-man show. A persistent sapper and gnawer at the roots of capitalism (for years the ace cartoonist of the old Liberator, the newer New Masses), Painter Gropper turns out each year some 50 oils, countless lithographs and drawings of fat capitalists, hungry workers, woe-heeled sharecroppers, bashed and bleeding soldiers. His highly-colored, savagely-drawn pictures have drawn praises and commissions from many a bourgeois. (Art-loving capitalists buy his canvases like...

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