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Bak, Samuel

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00010461
Bak, Samuel

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Israeli, 20th century, male.

Born 12 August 1933, in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Painter (including mixed media), watercolourist, pastellist. Still-lifes, landscapes.

Samuel Bak settled in Israel in 1948, where he studied at the Bezalel art school. In 1956 he went to Paris, where he attended the École des Beaux-Arts. In 1959 he moved to Rome, and in 1966 he resettled in Israel with periods in New York City (1974-77) and Paris (1980-84). In 1984 he moved to Switzerland. He employs a traditional narrative style in the manner of Bruegel and Bosch to paint ‘innocent’ subjects such as landscapes and still-lifes, contriving to ‘pervert’ them in a surrealistic manner; thus, a pear got up in a piece of cloth and cinched by a belt suddenly emerges as a breast protruding from a brassiere. Equally, a still-life by Samuel Bak may feature certain components only in silhouette or, for example, a section of a stem glass that emerges as a ‘window’ on the landscape beyond....

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Subjects: Painting ; Installation Art, Mixed-Media, Assemblage, and Collage ; Art of the Middle East and North Africa ; 20th-Century Art

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