Born in 1910 in Philadelphia, Joseph Hirsch studied at the Philadelphia College of Art. Later, he studied in New York City with George Luks, who was a member of “The Eight”, a group of American artists who rejected modernism in favor of scenes of ordinary people and everyday life.
During the 1930’s Hirsch was employed by the Works Progress Administration. He also completed murals for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers Building and the Municipal Court in Philadelphia. During this time, he bought an etching press and began experimenting with printmaking. During World War II, Hirsch worked for Abbott Laboratories, producing artworks of illustrate the war effort. His first work, “Till We Meet Again”, was the most widely produced war bond poster.
He has taught painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, the National Academy of Design and the Art Student’s League. He has also served as a visiting artist at Dartmouth College. He did not venture into lithography until 1938.