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Man Series

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Man Series

Artist: Marvin Israel (American, 1924 - 1985)
Date: 1973
Medium: charcoal and pastel on paper
Dimensions:
Sheet: 30 × 22 3/8 in. (76.2 × 56.8 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kolodny, Morristown, New Jersey, 1977.13
Accession number: 1977.13
Classification: work on paper
In Collection(s)
Label TextMarvin Israel's drawing from the Man Series is a savage comment on man's inhumanity to his own kind. This brutal image of a half naked man--whose flesh is bruised and bound in metal, whose head and upraised arms are covered so that only his chin and part of his mouth are visible--is disturbing and unsettling in the extreme. The effect is heightened by the artist's refusal to compromise in any way; not only does he thrust the image to the front of the picture plane, but he eschews the use of color, preferring instead the starkness of grays, blacks and somber browns. Israel's physically tortured and degraded figures are somewhat reminiscent of the psychologically and emotionally tortured figures of Francis Bacon. Source: Bulletin, January-February, 1978.
InscriptionNot inscribed
Exhibition History"Diversity of Line - A Selection from the Permanent Collection," Des Moines Art Center, Nov. 16, 1990 - Apr. 7, 1991
Published ReferencesGallery Guide for "Diversity of Line," Des Moines Art Center, Nov. 1990

DES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, Des Moines Art Center, 1985, ref. p.86

DMAC Bulletin, Jan./Feb. 1978, ill.
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