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1972 Boston Expressionism “Classical Landscape" Painting by Jason Berger


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Boston Expressionism Painting | Jason Berger – “Classical Landscape” 1972 This is an authentic painting by Jason Berger: signed, titled, and dated. We have also included a new copy of Lois Katz’s ‘The Painting of Jason Berger’ to accompany this piece to further appreciation of the artist and his works. From the book: “Berger, an expressionistic landscape painter active since the 1940s, is not particularly well known outside of his native Boston. Nevertheless, his colorful, somewhat abstract canvases have been collected by the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, as well as other institutions in the Northeast. This volume, the first book-length publication of Berger’s work, provides extensive biographical and interpretive material and a large sample of his prodigious painting output. Interviews with Berger, his brother, his second wife, and several fellow artists provide the bulk of the text material, though there is an unfortunate amount of repetition evident in a complete reading of the various essays. Suitable for both public and academic libraries but will be of particular interest in New England.” – Kathryn Wekselman, Univ. of Cincinnati Jason Berger (American,1924-2010) “Classical Landscape” circa 1972 53 × 41 inches oil on canvas condition: imperfection right center [~1"] About: Jason Berger was a Boston landscape painter, connected to Boston Expressionism. He painted from nature and often used the same location to explore his passion, the visual language. The first paintings were done on site, then brought into the studio and new studio paintings were created from them. He would simplify shapes, color, and composition returning to the ideas over and again. These series or motifs were inspired from locations in New England, Europe and Mexico and were created over his lifetime. His approach was direct, his vision clear, his paintings full of structural elegance with the results being a positive and optimistic expression. Renowned for his humor, love of jazz, and his upbeat approach to painting, his work expresses the joy of life and love of place. Because Jason Berger was so prolific a painter, this website attempts to organize his many works simply. In the “portfolio” there are four major sections, his early and last works, his motifs (which take one image/motif and explores it through dozens of paintings) and the locations he painted frequently (Portugal, France, Holland, and New England). (Source: jasonbergerpainterdotcom) Details Expressionism in Boston: The Danforth Museum of Art has become recognized for its commitment to Boston Expressionism, a school that embraced a distinctive blend of visionary painting, dark humor, religious mysticism, and social commentary. Historical roots of this movement can be traced to European Symbolism and German Expressionism, but artists living and working in the Boston area from the 1930’s through the 1950’s, were particularly inspired by Chaim Soutine and Max Beckman. Many studied under the direction of Karl Zerbe at the Museum School. Because most painted realistically at a time when abstraction was the trend, these painterly expressionists have long existed outside the mainstream of contemporary art. Yet these artists explored human emotion and spirituality with color and imagination, pushing paint across the surface of the canvas in a way that influenced Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning and were important to the development of Abstract Expressionism – and significant to the history of twentieth century American art. Hyman Bloom and Jack Levine were in the first generation of the group that came to be known as Boston Expressionists. Having grown up in the Jewish immigrant communities of Boston, both artists drew on their Eastern European heritage. Levine’s work tended toward the political, Bloom’s towards an exploration of the spiritual. Working from memory rather than directly from nature, both depicted scenes inspired by the Hebrew Talmud, classical music, or the human condition. A second generation of Boston Expressionist artists included David Aronson, Jason Berger, Francesco Carbone, Esther Geller, Kahlil Gibran, Arthur Polonsky, Henry Schwartz Barbara Swan, Lois Tarlow, Stephen Trefonides and numerous others. Most studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts under the direction of Karl Zerbe, and remained committed to representational figuration at a time when the contemporary art world embraced abstraction, pop and minimalism. Photographer Jules Aarons documented the West End neighborhood where Hyman Bloom grew up and, like his contemporary Morton Bartlett, was interested in the emotional narrative of everyday life observed on the streets of Boston during the mid-twentieth century. A third generation of Boston Expressionists were active in the 1970’s and 80’s, and continue working today. These include such diverse artists as Aaron Fink, Gerry Bergstein, Sidney Hurwitz, Jon Imber, Michael Mazur, Katherine Po

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