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Skeeters Branch Newsies (Oil Painting)

Skeeters Branch Newsies (Oil Painting)

Oil painting on canvas by Marek Pękacz of Lewis Wickes Hine photos of "Newsies at Skeeter's Branch, Jefferson near Franklin, St. Louis."

From the artist:

"With my painting I would like to make the photo vivid in colours, enliven the boys and eternalise their dreams. Think about the childhood that they hadn't experienced. Take into consideration those children, who now only a few hours flight from here, suffer anguish because of greed and profit.

"Child's labour is constantly common in many parts of the world, according to statistics by UNICEF, there are around 150,000,000 working children in 2019.

"Watching the black and white photo of Lewis Hine, I saw young boys in men's poses, smoking cigarettes, full of dreams, fighting hunger and poverty every day.

"I wanted to revive these boys and immortalize their dreams."

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