Henry J. Glintenkamp
American, 1889-1946

The Girl He Left Behind...
Illustration for The Masses, October, 1914
Offset lithography

Extended loan from Lydia Chappell

Despite the very real danger of political persecution and even arrest, the artists of The Masses persisted in being anti-war and pro-woman during the war hysteria that accompanied WW I. Like the feminist dramatist Bernard Shaw, they wittily responded to the drama of the struggle for women's rights. Like Shaw, they sometimes envisioned the necessary blossoming of female power in a world of male suicides. Here, the bones of soldiers literally fertilize the future. The girl he left behind is left behind to farm that future. The artists of The Masses sustained their social conscience despite their contempt for dogma. In its later incarnation, the magazine became duller and more doctrinaire.

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