Emerald, 1977

Work on Paper

Watercolor on paper

17.00 x 21.50 in

43.2 x 54.6 cm

Unique Work

This work is signed and dated by artist, lower right.

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17.00 x 21.50 in

43.2 x 54.6 cm

Unique Work


    About The Work

    It is somewhat hard to reconcile Gershon Iskowitz's (1921-1988) joyful aesthetic with his personal history. 

    Born to a religious family in Poland, Iskowitz was allowed to leave yeshiva (a Jewish seminary) in order to study art, including a brief stint at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw.

    The outbreak of the second world war forced him to return to his hometown where shortly after he was conscripted to forced labor. In 1944 Iskowitz was transferred to Buchenwald, one of the first and most notorious Nazi concentration camps.

    Upon liberation, Iskowitz spent nearly 9 months in the hospital recuperating. Amazingly he would study for six months at the Academy of Fine Art in Munich with Oskar Kokoschka.

    Iskowitz would eventually immigrate to Canada. For most of the 1950s, he incorporated representation into his art. By the 60's he had established a modest reputation in Toronto and beyond,  joining the Gallery Moos stable in 1964. 

    The legend goes that in 1967 thanks to a Canadian Council grant, Iskowitz took a helicopter tour of the north. The experience of seeing the massive expanse of trees from above inspired a major redirection of his aesthetic and approach. 

    This work is a paradigm of Iskowitz's watercolors from 1977. It joyfully presents large merging forms of his favorite colors of the era; emerald, spring green, lemon yellow, and plum. The entire surface is nearly taken over by these swelling bursts of color, a true celebration of color and medium.

    Courtesy of Caviar20

    About Gershon Iskowitz

    • This work is framed. Frame measurements are 23.00" x 28.00".
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