Jacob Burck, Planting Trees in Forest Park
Jacob Burck (1904-1982)  Planting Trees in Forest Park, oil on canvas, ca. 1938
Jacob Burck (1904-1982)
Planting Trees in Forest Park, oil on canvas, ca. 1938
Collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri - St. Louis
Jacob Burk was born in Poland but moved, with his family, to the United States at age seven. He studied at the Cleveland School of Art and at the Art Students League in New York. His most influential training was with the political cartoonist Boardman Robinson. Burck was later employed as a cartoonist for the radical paper the Daily Worker. Burck later worked for the Chicago Times and the Chicago Sun Times. In 1942 he won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning.

Although he was a leftist, Burck supported President Roosevelt and his New Deal programs. Burck's sympathy for laborers can be seen in this painting which may depict improvements to Forest Park done under the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
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