Abraham Harriton

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Abraham Harriton
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Harriton working on a painting for the 1939 World's Fair, 1938
Born 1893
Bucharest, Kingdom of Romania
Died 1986
Long Island, New York,
United States
Nationality Romanian, American
Education National Academy of Design
Known for Painting
Movement Modernist
Social realism

Abraham Harriton was a Romanian-born Jewish modernist artist and social realism painter in the United States.[1]

Born in 1893 in Bucharest, then the Kingdom of Romania, Harriton studied at the National Academy of Design in New York City from 1908 until 1915. There, he studied under artists such as Kenyon Cox, Emil Carlsen and George DeForest Brush. Harriton himself later become a teacher at the Academy, and, like many other artists during the Great Depression, received commissions from the Works Progress Administration during the 1930s.[2]

During that era, Harrinton had strong ties with the American Left, displaying his works at exhibits put on by the John Reed Club.[3]

Personal life[edit]

At the time of his death, Harrinton was survived by his wife, Estelle, and their daughter, Maria.[4]


  1. ^ "Abraham Harriton papers". Syracuse University Library Finding Aids. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Abraham Harriton". AskArt. 2011. Retrieved 17 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Hemingway, Andrew (2002). Artists on the Left: American Artists and the Communist Movement, 1926-1956. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press. p. 293. ISBN 0-300-09220-2. 
  4. ^ "Abraham Harriton papers, 1910-1986". Smithsonian Archives of American Art. Retrieved 5 December 2012. 

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