[Item #14242] Report of the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard University. Committee on Visual Arts, Chairman John Nicholas Brown.

Report of the Committee on the Visual Arts at Harvard University

Cambridge: President and Fellows of Harvard University, 1956. First Edition. Octavo (23.5cm). Cloth-backed boards; 155pp. Presentation inscription on front endpaper from Nobel laureate George Wald to Ben Shahn: "To Ben Shahn / the "eminent artist" (p.49) / George Wald," undated. Covers soiled and stained; text clean and unmarked; about Very Good. From the library of Ben and Bernarda Bryson Shahn, with estate label tipped on to front pastedown.

Wald's inscription refers to a passage in the book which quotes an unnamed "eminent artist" - Shahn, it turns out - regarding his notions of an ideal education for an aspiring artist, one that will provide "an education without stifling ... artistic development." George Wald (1906-1997) was an eminent Harvard neurobiologist; he won the 1967 Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work with retinal pigments. He was also, like Shahn, an outspoken advocate for progressive political causes and a vocal opponent of both the Vietnam War and the nuclear arms race.

Price: $150.00

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