Known for his distinct brand of social realism, Albert Gold (1916–2006) focused on the everyday drama of the working class and the gritty atmosphere of urban life. Raised in North Philadelphia, he received a scholarship to study at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now the University of the Arts). He was awarded the prestigious Prix-de-Rome in 1942, but was drafted into the Army that same year.
Gold served as an official combat artist in Europe during World War II, and his war drawings and watercolors were exhibited in European museums and the Pentagon. After the war, he taught at the Philadelphia Museum School as well as Fleisher Art Memorial and Pyle Studio in Delaware. His work has been shown at the Musée Galliera in Paris, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Woodmere Art Museum and is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.