|Death Date: January 6, 1977
|A New York born artist, William Gropper, was a painter and cartoonist who, with caricature style, focused his art on social concerns and actively engaged in the support of the organized labor movement. His works produced during the Great Depression were of dripping social protest centering on industrial strikes and the incidents of strike breaking, especially in the coal mining and steel production centers. Gropper often visited Youngstown during the period 1936-37 when there were extended strikes staged at the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company.
Gropper was a student of Robert Henri and George Bellows. He did fine art painting on the side until the early 1920s and had his first solo exhibition in 1936.