Ralph Fasanella was a self-taught artist who created a stunning and diverse body of work depicting labor history, American politics, and urban working-class life. As he had no formal training of any kind, his works bear a visceral and direct relationship to the culture of the streets, tenements and sweatshops. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, and the subsequent deaths of Lee Harvey Oswald and Jack Ruby provided the inspiration for Fasanella's American Tragedy, completed in 1964. In 2002 the New-York Historical Society, in association with the New York State Historical Association, hosted a major retrospective on the life and work of folk artist and labor activist Ralph Fasanella.
Dimensions: 36" x 20 3/4"