Panel from America Today (detail). Thomas Hart Benton (American, 1889–1975). Glazed tempera on wood-mounted panel, 92 x 117 in., 1930–31. Gift of AXA Equitable, 2012 (2012.478a–j)
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Working for the Weekend

As you relax during the Labor Day weekend, enjoy selections from The Met collection that salute workers of all stripes

You work hard all year to be able to enjoy the last weekend of the summer. Whether you’re on a beach, at a backyard barbecue, or some other happy summer place for kicking back, we hope you’ll enjoy this selection of Labor Day–inspired artworks. (Then, we hope you’ll enjoy 25% off any purchase of $125 or more at The Met Store.)

Bronze Job

Man with a Pick. Mahonri Mackintosh Young (American, 1877–1957). Bronze, 28 1/4 x 9 x 9 1/4 in., 1915 (cast 1918). Gift of Mrs. E. H. Harriman, 1918 (18.107)


In the Field 

The Way They Live. Thomas Anshutz (American, 1851–1912). Oil on canvas, 24 x 17 in., 1879. Morris K. Jesup Fund, 1940 (40.40)


The Happiest Break

First Steps, after Millet. Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890). Oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 35 7/8 in., 1890. Gift of George N. and Helen M. Richard, 1964 (64.165.2)


Portrait from Japan

Farm laborer with rain coat (mino). Suzuki Shin’ichi (Japanese, 1835–1919). Albumen silver print from glass negative with applied color, 9 15/16 x 7 3/4 in., 1870s. Gilman Collection, Museum Purchase, 2005 (2005.100.505.1 (10b))


Hard at Work

Labor. Will Barnet (American, 1911–2012). Published by WPA, sheet: 11 1/2 x 13 1/2 in., 1935. Gift of the Work Projects Administration, New York, 1943 (43.33.213)


Grace in the Pasture

Woman with a Rake. Jean-François Millet (French, 1814–1875). Oil on canvas, 15 5/8 x 13 1/2 in., probably 1856–57. Gift of Stephen C. Clark, 1938 (38.75)


A Helper for the Afterlife

Shabti of Seniu. New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, early. Glazed steatite, paint; H: 10 3/4 in.; ca. 1525–1504 B.C. Rogers Fund, 1919 (19.3.206)


2,800 Years of Toil

Bronze armorer working on a helmet. Greek, Geometric period. Bronze, H: 2 in., late 8th–early 7th century B.C. Fletcher Fund, 1942 (42.11.42)


Rest for the Weary

Hercules Resting from His Labors. Attributed to Royal Porcelain Manufactory, Naples. Hard-paste porcelain, H: 8 3/4 in., ca. 1785–95. The Charles E. Sampson Memorial Fund, 1981 (1981.412)



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