Friday, October 12, 2007

In Memoriam - Pele deLappe

Pele deLappe 91, an artist and journalist died on October 1, 2007. My interest in her work was stirred recently on reading a bit about her ideas on society, civil rights causes and social movements. Her artworks reflected her outlook and always were a pointed critique towards the social realities we encounter and how the less fortunate among us always seem to get the short end of the stick.

"She was always on the side of the downtrodden," said her daughter. "She spent her whole life dedicated to civil rights causes and to social movements."

In a 1938 lithograph titled "The Transients," she shows a young Depression-era couple on the side of a road. With a furrowed forehead, the man stands with his thumb in the air, hoping to get a ride for his family; his wife sits on their suitcase looking solemnly at their baby, a knapsack of their items beside them.
Pele deLappe, 'Portrait of B.E.', 1935, Lithograph, 14" x 10"

Note on the lithograph above: B.E or Bert Edsis was a civil rights & criminal lawyer. Active in labor and social causes in the 1930's and thru the 50's. He was famous for defending clients against McCarthy hearings.

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