In this image, Howard Thomas presents the viewer with a domestic interior. The image is dominated by the figure of a black woman, resting her arm on an ironing board. To the right, the tool of her task dangles a chord above a checker tiled floor. Beyond, though a window, neighboring homes fill the landscape. The careful line-work of the linocut adds a sense of expressionism to the scene, but the image nonetheless falls into the Social Realism that captivated most American artists during the Great Depression.
This print was published in 1936 as part of the Wisconsin Artists' Calendar for the year 1937, which included 52 original, hand-made prints – one for each week of the year.
6 x 5 inches, image
10 x 7.13 inches, sheet
12.37 x 12.43 inches, frame
Entitled "Monday in Wick Haven" lower left (covered by matting)
Inscribed "Linoleum Cut" lower center (covered by matting)
Artist name "Howard Thomas" lower right (covered by matting)
Framed to conservation standards using 100 percent rag matting and museum glass, all housed in a silver gilded moulding.