"Perhaps the greatest figurative painter alive."—The Jewish Journal
"Dreams in the grand visionary manner of the Old Masters . . . painted with the rhapsodic abandon of pure sensation. . . . Unequivocal masterpieces."—Donald Kuspit, Art Historian
As a master of realism, Jerome Witkin illustrates in his art the moral plight of everyday lives. His most complex and critically acclaimed works—intense, often disturbing scenes of the Holocaust—have earned him a growing international audience. This second edition of Life Lessons incorporates material from the past decade, including ten of his most important and provocative paintings. It brings the viewer in intimate contact with the dense interior landscapes of both people and places. Often regarded as belonging to an artistic pantheon including the work of Lucien Freud, Manet, Ingres, Goya, and Courbet, Witkin’s paintings range from moody urban landscapes and penetrating portraits to intimate figure studies and vivid, psychologically charged tableaux, frequently referencing seminal moments in history.
Witkin’s newer work includes·an enormous six-panel exploration of Dachau’s 1945 liberation (Entering Darkness, 2001)—his culmination of a twenty-year series on the Holocaust, regarded by critics as among the most compelling of paintings made on the subject.
Sherry Chayat is an adjunct professor at University College, Syracuse University.
8.5 x 10, 140 pages, 40 color, 29 black and white illustrations