The American artist Leon Golub was a member of The Monster Roster, a group of Chicago based artists who studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their images were known for being unrelated to New York art trends of the time, and were often described as existential, gruesome, and grotesque. Also included in this group was his wife, the artist Nancy Spero.

After living in France for five years, Golub and his family returned to the United States in 1964. For the next several years he created violent and expressive images based on the Vietnam War.

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