Woman with a Shopping Bag

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Cliff Rowe was a socialist whose work represented his concern for working life and industry. He lived in the Soviet Union for 18 months in the 1930s, carrying out design commissions for the Red Army. Back in England he helped to found the Artists' International Association in 1933. This group saw art as a weapon in the class struggle and aimed to promote peace and oppose fascism.

This view of an ordinary woman carrying her shopping is painted in the heroic style of Soviet socialist art.

Herbert Art Gallery & Museum



Woman with a Shopping Bag


oil on board


H 108 x W 52 cm

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purchased from the artist, 1960

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