Albert Gold, Market Workers
Albert Gold practiced a distinct brand of social realism, focusing on the everyday drama in the lives of working people and the gritty atmosphere of urban life. He created interesting narratives through a wonderful sense of composition and painterly application.
Dozing is a close-up portrait of a man sitting on the steps of a building. Market Workers depicts a scene most likely from the Reading Terminal Market or the Italian Market, two places in Philadelphia where Gold drew and painted frequently. An earlier lithograph of Market Workers was exhibited at the 1939 World's Fair in New York.
Gold was raised in North Philadelphia and received a scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum School of Indus-trial Art (now the University of the Arts). He was awarded the Prix de Rome, but was unable to go as he had been drafted into the army. He became an official Army combat artist in Europe during World War II, and participated in the invasion of Normandy in June 1944. Hundreds of his war drawings and watercolors are in the collection of the Pentagon. After the war, Gold taught at the Philadelphia Museum School as well as the Fleisher Art Memorial and the Pyle Studio in Delaware. His work has been exhibited at the MusÃ©e 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.