Michael Hafftka, Barbed, man fleeing war, caught behind wire, political art - Painting by Michael Hafftka
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Michael Hafftka
Michael Hafftka, Barbed, man fleeing war, caught behind wire, political art



This medium-sized painting “Barbed” by American Jewish artist, Michael Hafftka, depicts a fleeing man that has been stopped a by barbed wire fence. The background is dark, which suggests it is night time. His left arm is flung high into the air. Hafftka’s gestural brushstrokes bring out the intense drama of the scene. The painting relates to the Holocaust and the traumatic Jewish experience. Hafftka's parents were survivors of the Holocaust who lost almost all of their families; growing up with that history has had a profound impact on Hafftka's world view and art. Whatever the subject matter, Hafftka’s paintings are internal visions, not literal representations of an event or idea. His paintings are the sum of his memories, intellectual ruminations, daily observations and dreams that materialise as a vision, which he is then compelled to paint. He is a painter who has continuously and courageously stood by his convictions and who, despite his family’s experience as Holocaust survivors, seeks the good in people. But precisely because of those experiences, Hafftka is well aware that good can quickly become sinister if we let our guard down. COLLECTIONS: Hafftka’s works are held in many important museums in America including the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, National Gallery of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. SIGNATURE: Signed by the Artist. PROVENANCE: The Artist CONDITION: Excellent. SHIPPING: The work will ship from Brooklyn, N.Y.


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    H 36 in. x W 24 in. x D 1.5 in.H 91.44 cm x W 60.96 cm x D 3.81 cm
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    Adelaide, AU
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