Harvey Breverman: Rendezvous with History and Literature in the Aftermath of Holocaust
The Golden Age Dutch printmaker, Rembrandt, (1606--1669), left an indelible mark on Breverman, where surface tone, variation of wiped ink and rough gouging and burnishing has a semblance of chiaroscuro and parallel both artists work. R.B. Kitaj and Breverman share a love of humanity and the Kabbalah. Interpretation of historical reality and the abstraction of Jewish identity and Diaspora are interpreted on both artists' picture plane. Jack Levine also studied the Dutch Masters and applied some of the Rembrandtesque technique to his painting as has Breverman. WPA artist Levine was a part of the Jewish American social realist movement and an influence on Breverman's style as seen in brush stroke movements and in visualized social satire. They were both printmakers in the 1960's resurrecting the graphic medium in etching, mezzotint, aquatint and drypoint. But Breverman is his own person, his originality is self taught, self produced, his students emulate him. He sets precedent and is a hard act to follow. He comes from the same school, as Andy Warhol, Carnegie Mellon University, but Breverman has invented his own iconography, his own reality grounded in an abstract philosophy.
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