The Capriccios by William Gropper is a series of fifty lithographs that was completed between 1953 and 1956. Twelve of the set have been loaned to this exhibition courtesy of the Syracuse University Art Collection.
Gropper was subpoenaed to appear before Senator Joseph McCarthy's
Subcommittee on Investigations in May 1953 to answer the allegation that
his map painting William Gropper's America: Its Folklore distributed
by the U.S. Department of State was inspired and backed by Communists.
Gropper invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to answer any questions.
He was subsequently blacklisted. While unable to obtain public or private
commissions readily because of this, Gropper found financial support from
sympathetic individuals and created a series of lithographs inspired by
Francisco de Goya's Los Caprichos, a series of satirical etchings
depicting the political and social setting of late eighteenth-century
Spain. Gropper expressed his own disdain for the American ideological
culture of the 1950s in his variation entitled The Capriccios.
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