The current exhibit at the LDS Church History Museum needs to be supported. It presents the works of Joseph Paul Vorst (1897-1947):
Vorst presented sharecroppers, black laborers and farm families as destitute and downtrodden, but also ennobled by faith and resilience. In paint, ink and pencil, he depicted catastrophic mid-1930s flooding along the Mississippi, the Dust Bowl, the unemployed and the homeless of his time.
Vorst was a Mormon artist who created masterpieces and not an artist who created Mormon art, although his art does have a very distinct spiritual quality.
He was born in Germany, the seventh of 10 children. because he was born into poverty, he identified with the poor. While Vorst’s works seldom were overtly religious, they consistently called upon Christian values, charity in particular.
However, social justice themes fell out of favor with the Nazis. As Hitler consolidated power in Germany, Vorst, who had converted to Mormonism, fled to America in the 1930s.
For more about Joseph Paul Vorst read here.