Lennart Anderson: A Retrospective

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Essays by Paul Resika, Jennifer Samet, Martica Sawin, and Susan Jane Walp

This is the most comprehensive publication to date on the painter Lennart Anderson (1928-2015). Anderson was described by the New York Times as one of the “most prominent and admired painters to translate figurative art into a modern idiom.” John Yau calls Anderson a “masterful colorist whose sensitivity to tonality and to tonal groupings is unrivaled,” and Hilton Kramer succinctly wrote that Anderson was a “Degas of our time.” This illustrated and scholarly publication pairs more than fifty full color reproductions of work, some never seen before, with essays by leading contemporary painters and art historians.

Anderson was born in Detroit, MI, and knew from a young age that he wanted to be a painter. He visited the Detroit Institute of Arts throughout his adolescence, going almost every Sunday afternoon. He called it his church. He went on to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then at the Cranbrook Academy of Art. With a letter of recommendation from Edwin Dickinson, Anderson received the Prix de Rome in 1958. Throughout his lifetime, he received many awards, fellowships, and taught at prestigious universities. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. His work is in the permanent collections of major museums, foundations, and in the homes of numerous private collectors.

84 pages with 55 illustrations

Published 2021