Unemployed Worker

Artist Details

Name: Kalman M.B. (Matas Bela) Kubinyi
Birth: 1906 Death: 1973
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: 1937
Medium: etching (softground) on paper
Dimensions: 8 7/8 x 7 1/8 inches (image) 13 1/8 x 10 inches (support)
Credit: Gift of the WPA

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio’s Hungarian community, Kubinyi developed an interest in art at a young age. As a child he took classes from William Zorach (1887 – 1966) and later attended the Cleveland School of Art, graduating in 1926. In 1930 Kubinyi established the Cleveland Print Makers and served as president of the organization until 1941. When the Cleveland WPA Project was established, Kubinyi was named the head of the Graphics Division and later served as district supervisor of the entire Cleveland WPA Project. In this role he was able to share his printmaking expertise and influence a younger generation of artists.

The Gibbes is fortunate to house the only collection of WPA prints in South Carolina. The initial allocation of 114 objects was received in 1943 from the Federal Government. Little else is known about the circumstances of the allocation.

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