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A quote from the artist: "My mother and sister worked in a dress shop, and I worked in a clothing shop, which was pretty much the same. When my sister saw this (painting) she said, 'Ralph, what the hell are you doing making everybody look happy?' I said listen, dont you remember when you worked in a shop, even though it was a miserable shop, all the women were singing and talking, they had to have fun with coffee time, smoke time, always making games? With the news on the walls, I'm trying to show what the people are thinking about, talking about. And they're always concerned about their families, how there's nobody home to take care of the kids, and they're always talking about the kids, the kids, the kids."
height 45 in, width 92 in