|Acquisition Number: 71.57
Medium: Oil on masonite
Size: 16" x 20"
Credit: gift of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Barish
Born in 1907, Aaron Bohrod began his studies at Chicago’s Crane Junior College in 1925, and two years later enrolled at the Art Institute of Chicago. But it was at the Art Students League in New York City, from 1930 to 1932, that he studied under the man believed to be his most significant early influence, John Sloan.
In 1936, Bohrod won the Guggenheim Fellowship award in creative painting. It enabled him to travel throughout the United States, producing similar regionalist paintings. In 1943, he was commissioned by “Life” magazine to cover the battlefronts as a war correspondent and artist.
Aaron Bohord’s work has not been limited to one of style or medium. Initially recognized as a regionalist painter of American scenes, particularly of his native Chicago, Bohrod later devoted himself to detailed still-life paintings rendered in the trompe l”oeil style. He also worked for several years in ceramics and wrote a book on poetry.