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Leon Golub, b.1922

Burnt Man

While Golub’s work acknowledges the influence of such contemporaries as Jackson Pollock, Adolph Gottleib and Ad Reinhardt, the classical art of Antiquity and the Renaissance gave him the impetus he needed to concentrate on large scale, totemic figures which often form a hybrid of man and beast. ‘Burnt Man’, like the 1959 painting of the same name, refers to the brutality of war and human cruelty, a subject that was to dominate his later paintings of the war in Vietnam as well as referring to other aspects of American and European foreign policy.

MediumScreenprint
Dimensions127 x 96.52 cm Framed: 107.5 x 138 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Donated by Jon Bird, 2001
EditionEdition 17/60
Item NumberIMMA.1302
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Leon Golub, Burnt Man, Screenprint, 127 x 96.52 cm Framed: 107.5 x 138 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Donated by Jon Bird, 2001

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About the Artist

Leon Golub 1922–2004

American artist Leon Golub studied art history at the University of Chicago. He served as a cartographer in the US Army during World War II and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago under the GI Bill. In opposition to the American Abstract Expressionist movement of the 1950s, Golub, together with his wife and collaborator Nancy Spero, pursued an overtly political position based on figuration. His work has been exhibited extensively and is represented in significant collections worldwide. — View Artist »