Bartov - Chapter 16
I want to compare the responses of two generations of Jewish- American
artists to the Holocaust, the generation that came to maturity in the
1940s and 1950s with the current generation of artists. The earlier
generation did not confront the Holocaust directly in its art. That is,
artists, whether they preferred realistic or abstracted styles, did not
paint or sculpt scenes descriptive of particular events or episodes
based on documentary photographs or on imaginative recreations of
scenes of forced marches and executions, or of ghetto and camp life.
Instead, figurative artists tended to find surrogate subject matter in
biblical stories or stereotypical images of Jewish elders.