For the sake of an aesthetically fruitful collaboration between eye and mind:
Robert Gwathmey (1903-1988) was an American social realist painter. He traveled widely as a young man, honing his artistic skills and witnessing various expressions of social injustice. During the Great Depression, Gwathmey became convinced that he should help reform American society, especially its economic institutions. He never abandoned that vision, and after receiving a Rosenwald Foundation Fellowship in 1944, he used it to live on a North Carolina tobacco farm for a year, an experience that deepened his empathy for working people, both black and white. Gwathmey produced an impressive body of fine work, and his paintings – and his life – are definitely deserving of careful and appreciative study.