In Abraham Rattner's paintings one can find traces of Cubism, Post Impressionism and Expressionism, all fused together into a unique personal style. Although born in Poughkeepsie, New York, Rattner spent years working in Paris before eventually returning to the United States just before the outbreak of World War Two. He left behind almost twenty years worth of work, which has never been recovered. After 1945, Rattner frequently turned to Jewish scripture and the horrors of war for artistic inspiration. This painting, however, eschews such narrative subject matter, focusing instead on the action of the waves against the rugged shoreline of Montauk, Long Island. Like Rattner's subsequent work, though, it is characterized by the energetic application of thick strokes of richly colored paint.
Place object was created: United States
oil paint, canvas
Measurements: height: 25.75 inches width: 29.25 inches smallest height: 15 inches smallest width: 18 inchesThe Harry and Mary Dalton Collection 1984.239.2
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