Aaron Bohrod (1907 - 1992)
Ivan Albright (Through a Glass Darkly), 1958
Oil on masonite
14 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
Signed and inscribed at lower left: Ivan Albright / by / A Bohrod
Kennedy Galleries, 20 East 56th Street, New York, New York, May 20, 1972
Mr. & Mrs. Lawrence A. Fleischman, Detroit, Michigan
University of Arizona, Tucson, Exhibition of American Paintings, 1765 – 1963.
Aaron Bohrod: A Decade of Still Life, page 138, illustrated.
Aaron Bohrod was born on the West Side of Chicago and spent his early career there. In the late 1920’s he studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and then went to New York City to attend the Art Students League from 1930 to 1932. It was at the Art Students League that he studied under the man believed to be his most significant early influence, John Sloan. Sloan’s romantic realism is reflected in the many depictions of Chicago life, which comprised most of Bohrod’s early work.
Influenced by the Social Realism of Sloan, Bohrod painted city people, utilizing a number of styles ranging from a tight, detailed manner to one that was more abstract and sketch like. Under Sloan’s tutelage, Bohrod came to subscribe to the belief that painters should find their subjects in the immediate world around them. Many of his works conveyed the loneliness and poverty of the Depression years.
In 1936, Bohrod won the Guggenheim Fellowship award in creative painting. It enabled him to travel the United States, producing regionalist paintings with a much broader range of subjects. Nevertheless, most of his early work centered on Chicago and the urban Midwest.
In 1943, Bohrod was commissioned by editors of Life magazine to cover the battlefronts as a war correspondent and artist. Three years later, Bohrod was invited to become the Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin, a position that became vacant with the unexpected death of John Steuart Curry. He would remain at the University from 1948 until his retirement in 1973.
Bohrod died in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1992.