Bernard Perlin

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Avenge December 7th
28" x 40"
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Avenge December 7th, Original; linen backed; excellent condition. With fists drawn and extended; this soldier / Navy seaman shows his strength as a result of the sinking of the ships in Pearl Harbor on December 7th.
Judd 2-27, Paret 273, Stanley 102

This dramatic image was created by the noted artist Bernard Perlin in 1942 to promote patriotism on the American home front after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. That event brought Japan into the War and compelled the United States to focus on fighting the attack from Japan at the same time as combatting Germany and Italy. The American people were reminded of the loss of lives in Pearl Harbor as the image shows the destruction of the naval vessel. Bernard Perlin (1918-2014) was an American painter primarily known for creating many American posters during WWII and for magic realism paintings of American life. Educated at the New York School of Design, National Academy of Design, and the New York Arts Student League. He entered the Office of War Information in 1942. His post war career focused on original painting both for private companies as well as for the Government. This is the larger of two sizes distributed by the U.S. Government. This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction.

Dramatic original World War II poster depicting a sailor with his fist raised, standing above a scene of an exploding battleship, with the words “Avenge December 7” in red across the middle of the poster. The striking image on OWI “Poster No. 15,” memorializing the events of December 7, 1941 was created by artist Bernard Perlin.
U. S. Government Printing Office
Year: 1942

Perlin studied painting at the Art Students League in New York. Under the Works Projects Administration he created post office murals prior to the war.