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David Aronson Portrait

David Aronson

Shilova, Lithuania 1923

Natick, Massachusetts 2015

Active in:

  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Sudbury, Massachusetts

Photo Caption:
Originally photographed by the Boston University Photo Service. Image is courtesy of the Macbeth Gallery records, 1890-1964 in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Luce Artist Quote

"As an artist I believe in anything that will set my imagination in motion toward the purpose of creating meaningful fantasies. For art is not a reflection of experienced reality. It exists in a world of illusions." Artist's statement, Real and Unreal: The Double Nature of Art, Boston University lecture, 1967

Luce Artist Biography

David Aronson's father was a rabbi who raised him in the Orthodox Jewish tradition. As a boy, Aronson began rigorous religious studies to follow in his fathers footsteps, but by the time he was a teenager he had decided to refuse confirmation. However, he uses his religious background as inspiration in his art, which includes imagery from Christianity, Orthodox Judaism, and Jewish mysticism. Aronson prefers an expressionistic approach to a realistic one, and emphasizes the figures' emotions in his interpretations of religious stories.