CHAIM KOPPELMAN PASTEL—Two Degas: Matted & framed, image size: 6 ½” X 8 ½”
“When Eli Siegel showed that what makes a work of art beautiful—the oneness of opposites—is the same as what every individual wants, it was one of the mightiest and kindest achievements of man’s mind.” —Chaim Koppelman
CHAIM KOPPELMAN (1920-2009) studied with Eli Siegel beginning in the 1940s, and was a consultant on the faculty of the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. His works are in the collections of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, Whitney, Brooklyn, and Metropolitan Museums in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
He established the Printmaking Department of the School of Visual Arts in 1959, and taught “The Art of Drawing: Surface & Depth” at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation. A member of the National Academy of Design, and president of the Society of American Graphic Artists (SAGA), he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
“He was brilliant, both in printmaking and painting,” the noted artist Will Barnet said of Koppelman: “There was this profundity in him, and this sense of humanity. And it was developed through Aesthetic Realism. He was a vital force in the art community for many years.”