Thank you Katherine for sharing Fireworks with us!
Musical Instruments above is by painter Louis Schanker, who according to Wikipedia and a book about contemporary American artists, was raised in an Orthodox Jewish home and lived a life far removed from his parents ideals.
He studied art at Cooper Union and the Arts Students League where he came into contact with some very talented rising artists such as Mark Rothko, with whom he developed a lifelong relationship. However, before taking up painting on a permanent basis, he worked with the Barnum and Bailey circuses, threshed wheat in the Great Plains, and worked various odd jobs across the county.
When the Depression hit he was invited to work with the WPA. This experience proved significant both to his art and to the art of his time. It was a rather controversial period in contemporary art history.
In addition to painting for the balance of his life, he taught art at the New School and later at Bard College.
His art work can be found in many museums around the country including: the Art Institute of Chicago, the Boston Public Library in MA, the Brooklyn Museum of Art (who have a great exhibition on now about art from the 1920's - if you live close), the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art MOMA , the Detroit Institute of Art
(who seem to have a Groupon coupon on now so take a friend!), the MET, the Smithsonian, University of Boulder Colorado, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, the Philadelphia Museum of Art..... If we missed any let us know!
Hopefully you can see one in person at a museum near you and have fun browsing the collections online at each of these institutions.