Articles in Category: Meer Akselrod

Meer Akselrod: Painting his People

Written on August 05, 2011

Smoke (1969) by Meer Akselrod Courtesy of Estate of Meer Akselrod

Empathy and memory meet in the work of Meer Akselrod (1902-1970), the Jewish Russian artist who defied aesthetic convention and totalitarian dictates to relentlessly pursue his personal artistic vision of painting the Jewish people.  His quiet courage in the face of epochal changes that convulsed his Russian homeland cannot be overestimated. They are amply attested to by his artwork, not the least of which are two pen and ink drawings, Pogrom, from 1927 – 1928, currently at the Chassidic Art Institute.