(Christmas Celebration) by Esther Hamerman

(Christmas Celebration) by Esther Hamerman

(Christmas Celebration)

Esther Hamerman

Title

(Christmas Celebration)

 
Artist
Year
c. 1945  
Technique
oil on canvas 
Image Size
29 1/4 x 20 1/4" canvas size 
Signature
pigment, lower left 
Edition Size
1 of 1 unique 
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Inventory ID
18550 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

Esther Hamerman was a true primitive, she started painting at age 60 at the urging of her daughter. After 40 years living in Vienna, Austria the family, who were Jewish, moved to the US to escape the Nazis in 1938.

Hamerman draws on her memories, probably Vienna, to paint this Christmas scene, with Santa Claus and a decorated tree. Skiers and skaters, children and adults move through the foreground randomly, changing sizes along with the buildings, a bus, streetlights etc. to balance the composition and activate the situation.

Hamerman, like most primitives, makes up her own rules - and they work!