Portrait of Homer White

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Portrait of Homer White
Gerrit Albertus Beneker
1882-1934
Artist Biography
Acquisition Number: 80.41
Medium: Oil on board
Size: 24" x 20"
Date: 1921
Credit: Gift of Helen D. Shein

In "Portrait of Homer White," Beneker describes his artwork in this statement: “He heats slabs in ovens in the rolling mill and wears a stubble beard to protect his face from the intense heat of the furnaces. He looks like a ‘radical’, but look into his sincere eyes and you will find that he is a ‘constructive radical,’ the kind that makes him a leader of men because he has won their confidence and respect. These were the same constructive radicals who during an industrial downturn following WWI, came to their management and said “Boss, you go out and get the work, and we will roll it for you at any price you can pay and make a profit.”