The Art of Ralph Fasanella Comes to the AFL-CIO

May 1, 2014

Ralph Fasanella spent much of his youth at the side of his Italian immigrant father, as he navigated the streets in his horse-drawn wagon delivering ice to Greenwich Village homes. They would sling a block of ice with tongs, rest it on their leather-sheathed shoulders, stride into the house and place it in the customer’s icebox. Often, they would need to remove all of the contents of the icebox to make room for the block and then neatly stack the refrigerated contents back into the box. He would later say, after he earned national fame as a painter, that the compositional density of his paintings was influenced by this work.

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