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Aaron Bohrod Art

American, 1907-1992

Aaron Bohrod's work has not been limited to one 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 pottery.

Born in 1907, Bohrod began his studies at Chicago's Crane Junior College in 1925, and two years later enrolled in 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. Sloan's romantic realism is reflected in the many depictions of Chicago life, which comprised most of Bohrod's early work.

Under Sloan's tutelage, Bohrod came to subscribe to the belief that painters should find the subjects of their art in the immediate world around them. These paintings emphasized architecture unique to north Chicago and featured Chicagoans engaged in such everyday activities as working, playing or going to the theatre. The romantic aspect was conveyed by the use of misty colors, and the realism by attention to detail.

In 1936, Bohrod won the Guggenheim Fellowship award in creative painting. It enabled him to travel the United States, producing similar regionalist paintings on a much broader range of subjects. Nevertheless, most of his early work centered on Chicago and the urban Midwest.

In 1943, Bohrod was commissioned by editors of Life magazine to cover the battlefronts as a war correspondent and artist. Three years later, Bohrod was invited to become the Artist in Residence at the University of Wisconsin, a position that became vacant with the unexpected death of John Steuart Curry. He would remain at the University from 1948 to his retirement in 1973.

Then, quite atypically, fantasy started to appear in his work. Elements of Surrealism, supposedly inspired by his concurrent involvement in ceramics with F. Carlton Ball, began influencing his landscapes. By 1953, Bohrod had completely ceased painting landscapes, turning instead to often symbolic still-life subjects. He abandoned his earlier romantic realism to paint in the luminous trompe l'oeil tradition of William Harnett. Bohrod continued to produce these meticulously crafted fantasies exclusively. While in his position at the University of Wisconsin, Bohrod painted covers for Time magazine and authored two books, A Pottery Sketch-book (1959) and A Decade of Still Life (1966), in which are produced many of his trompe l'oeil paintings.

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"Industrial Cityscape, Chicago" WPA Modernism Mid-Century Cityscape 20th Century
By Aaron Bohrod
Located in New York, NY
Midwestern Chicago artist Aaron Bohrod painted in 1931 this modernist industrial cityscape during the WPA of the 20th Century. Aaron Bohrod (American 1907 – 1992), Industrial Citysc...
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1930s American Modern Aaron Bohrod Art

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Maid in Japan
By Aaron Bohrod
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Oil on board Signed lower left Provenance: Everett Oehlschlaeger Galleries, Chicago, IL Exhibited: Everett Oehlschlaeger Galleries, Chicago, IL Ten portraits of plastic toys attach...
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1970s American Realist Aaron Bohrod Art

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"Grapes with Asian Bird from Hong Kong," Aaron Bohrod Whimsical Still Life
By Aaron Bohrod
Located in New York, NY
Aaron Bohrod (1907 - 1992) Grapes with Asian Bird from Hong Kong, circa 1960 Oil on board 12 x 9 inches Signed lower right Provenance: Louis H. Barnett, Fort Worth, Texas Aaron Boh...
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1960s American Realist Aaron Bohrod Art

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Masonite, Oil

"Reclining Cherub, Sunflower, and Peanut," Aaron Bohrod, Whimsical Still Life
By Aaron Bohrod
Located in New York, NY
Aaron Bohrod (1907 - 1992) Reclining Cherub, Sunflower, and Peanut, circa 1960 Oil on board 6 1/2 x 9 inches Signed lower right Provenance: Louis H. Barnett, Fort Worth, Texas Aaro...
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1960s American Realist Aaron Bohrod Art

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"Belmont Harbor, Chicago," Aaron Bohrod, Midwest Regionalism, Social Realism
By Aaron Bohrod
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Mid-20th Century American Modern Aaron Bohrod Art

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"Bremen Town Musicians (Brothers Grimm)," Aaron Bohrod Whimsical Still Life
By Aaron Bohrod
Located in New York, NY
Aaron Bohrod (1907 - 1992) Bremen Town Musicians (from the Brothers Grimm Folktale), circa 1960 Oil on masonite 9 x 12 inches Signed lower right; signed and titled on the reverse Pr...
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1960s American Realist Aaron Bohrod Art

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Masonite, Oil

Standing Female Nude
By Aaron Bohrod
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Standing Female Nude Ink on paper Signed by the artist with his initials lower left "AB" Related to numerous drawings of the same model illustrated in: Elliott and Wooden, Aaron Bohr...
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1950s American Realist Aaron Bohrod Art

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Standing Nude Seen from the Back
By Aaron Bohrod
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Standing Nude Seen from the Back Ink on paper, n.d. Signed in red ink lower right Sheet size: 11 x 8 3/8 inches Condition: slight aging at edges of the sheet Provenance: Warren Shaul...
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"Walnut Shells" Acrylic Trompe-L'Oeil by Aaron Bohrod
By Aaron Bohrod
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Original trompe-l'oeil signed Aaron Bohrod (LL) entitled 'Walnut Shells' Provenance: The Milch Galleries #21 East 67th Street (label affixed to verso) in acrylic on masonite board ...
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Mid-20th Century Other Art Style Aaron Bohrod Art

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Masonite, Acrylic, Board

Aaron Bohrod "Daughters of Eve", original oil on gesso
By Aaron Bohrod
Located in Glenview, IL
"Daughters of Eve" by American painter Aaron Bohrod (1907 - 1992) is an original oil painting on gesso board created sometime around the late 50's, and depicts a still life with pict...
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1950s Surrealist Aaron Bohrod Art

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Maid in Japan
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1970s American Realist Aaron Bohrod Art

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Oil

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