Painted in Words: A Memoir

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September 2001



In Painted in Words internationally renowned artist Samuel Bak sets aside his brushes to narrate the stories of his life -- as a child in Nazi-occupied Vilna, as a youth in European refugee camps, and as a maturing artist in Israel, France, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States. With gentle humor, the child prodigy of the faraway past and the accomplished artist of today engage in a spirited dialogue from which emerges a self-portrait of "The Artist as a Young -- and middle-aged and aging -- Survivor." The brilliance, vision, and virtuosity that Bak brings to his painting are equally in evidence in his writing. This deeply touching work is an important contribution to Holocaust literature and art history.


Foreword: Painted in Words, Narrated in Colours and Light, by Amos Oz; Chapter One The Pinkas; Chapter Two How All This Writing Began; Chapter Three Aunt Yetta's Magic; Chapter Four On Father's Side: The Baks; Chapter Five Sailing on Rachel's Wet Floor; Chapter Six Another Realm: Her Highness Xenia; Chapter Seven Three Stories in Search of My Father; Chapter Eight On Mother's Side: The Yochels and the Nadels; Chapter Nine Many Loves and a Deep Friendship; Chapter Ten Events Follow Events; Chapter Eleven Mother's Tutoring; Chapter Twelve What, Now, and When: On My Art and Myself; Chapter Thirteen Closure; Afterwords


Samuel Bak, born in Vilna in 1933, had the first exhibition of his drawings at the age of nine in the Vilna ghetto. Escaping after its destruction, he emigrated to Israel, where he studied at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem. In an artistic career of over forty years he has had numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout Israel, Europe, and the United States. Since 1993 he has lived in the Boston area with his wife, Josee. Bak's other publications include Landscapes of Jewish Experience; Chess as Metaphor in the Art of Samuel Bak; The Game Continues: Chess in the Art of Samuel Bak; and The Past Continues."


"Samuel Bak's vivid account of his childhood and youth is also a biography of much of his art, offering readers considerable insight into the origins of his creative vision even as they delight in his lively evocations of a vanished past." -Lawrence Langer, author of Admitting the Holocaust: Collected Essays "Painted in Words is a masterpiece, miles above hundreds of Holocaust memoirs, with an extraordinary diversity of its contents and astonishing insights into the soul of a child. A treat to read!" --Vera Laska, Associate Editor, New England Journal of History "Artist Samuel Bak, though not well-known in this country, is renowned in the USA, Israel, and Europe for his intricately painted Surrealist oils which explore his childhood memories of war-torn Vilna...[This] memoir is humorous, moving and provides insights into Bak's artistic process ... he has achieved his own stated aim of "rescuing from extinction" his friends and family who perished at the hands of the Nazis."--Jewish Chronicle, January 3, 2003
EAN: 9780253340481
ISBN: 0253340489
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: September 2001
Seitenanzahl: 536 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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