Levine, Jack

Levine, Jack

(ləvīn`), 1915–2010, American painter, b. Boston. Levine began his career with the Federal Arts Project. His savagely realistic paintings, executed with diffused, prismatic textural effects, treat social themes in a bitter, satirical vein. The persons he portrays—politicians, plutocrats, gangsters, and others—are the essence of corruption: withered and distorted, yet glittering. Among his most celebrated paintings are Gangster Funeral (Whitney Mus., New York City), The Feast of Pure Reason and Election Night (both: Mus. of Modern Art, New York City), Welcome Home (Brooklyn Mus.), and The Trial (Art Inst., Chicago).

Bibliography

See study by K. W. and E.-S. Prescott (1984); D. Sutherland, dir., Jack Levine: The Feast of Pure Reason (documentary film, 1985).

Levine, Jack

(1915–  ) painter; born in Boston, Mass. He studied at the Boston Museum School (1929), moved to New York City, and painted scenes of social comment and protest. His satirical cautionary attitude, conveyed through an exaggerated baroque surrealism, is seen in The Feast of Pure Reason (1937), and in Gangster's Funeral (1952–53). He also painted works dealing with contemporary Jewish life.
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