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Ben Benn

September 26, 2010

Kamenets Podolsk, Ukraine, 1884 – New York City, New York, USA, 1983
“As a painter my aim is to organize my ideas into a unified plastic form, so that the whole will create a sense of joy and relaxation in the onlooker.”

The pioneer American modernist whose independent style defied stylistic classification was born Benjamin Rosenberg in an area of Czarist Russian that was wracked by pogroms. He immigrated to the United States with his family in 1894 where he became a pupil at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League. He spent most of his career in New York City where he died in 1983. Benn was a pioneer American modernist, best known for his bold simplification, restrained use of intense, Fauvist color, and Cezannesque composition.

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