12/17/2012

Saul Berman

 Saul Berman  River Front 1934

In my continual trolling of turgid internet waters for good images of artwork for this month's theme, I came across this amazing painting by Saul Berman (1899-1975). I tried to find other paintings of his but came up with practically nothing, and certainly nothing near so grand as this one. He has no Wikipedia article, and certainly no website, and I could find nothing out about him other than his birth and death dates, and that he was born in Russia and died in L.A. So no bio, no quote, and certainly no photograph. My apologies! 

I love the jaunty slant of the horizontals in this painting, and the contrast between the complex and incisive details of the shipyard with the muted bluish grays of the river and distant shore. 

The month of December will be dedicated to the theme of "Winter". Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to describe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.

1 comment:

  1. I saw the original at The Chazen in Madison, Wisconsin, in the spring of 2013. It was part of the '1934' (WPA) exhibit. It's just a beauty. Enchanting. Particularly charming are the cobblestones showing from underneath the shoveled snow. The little wagons in the fenced-in yard. The scribbled figures, bent on their shoveling task. The fresh, damp snowfall, the wind rolling the heavy, stormy clouds over the far shoreline. You can almost feel the cold, damp wind on the back of your neck. All of the paintings in this 1934 collection have a certain uneasy gloom. But the figures in this painting want to 'get back to work'.

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