Aaron Bohrod


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Painter and ceramist. Among regionalists in the American Scene movement, he generally conveyed an unusually dreary view of small-town and rural life. Later he turned primarily to still life, while concurrently developing an interest in ceramics. Born in Chicago, Bohrod studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago between 1927 and 1929. From 1930 to 1932 he worked at the Art Students League, where he was particularly influenced by John Sloan. Returning to Chicago, he painted such local scenes as the dispiriting Landscape near Chicago (Whitney Museum, 1934), depicting a man working on a car in the midst of an unkempt yard in front of a deteriorating house. Waiting for the 3:30 (Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, Independence, Missouri, 1941) shows a lone woman with her luggage, waiting beside the railroad tracks in a small town on an overcast winter day. During World War II, Bohrod served as an artist-reporter in the South Pacific and in Europe. From 1948 until 1973 he was artist-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin. Following retirement he remained permanently in Madison and continued to work until his last months. Around the time he moved to Wisconsin, he introduced imaginative elements into some paintings, producing surrealist overtones. By the mid-1950s he had dispensed altogether with his previous subject matter in order to paint highly detailed still lifes, sometimes including symbolic elements. He published A Pottery Sketchbook (1959) and A Decade of Still Life (1966).

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