Artist: Alfred Russell (American, 1920-2007)
Dimensions: 50″ x 40″
Location in Library: Third floor
Media: Oil on canvas
Owner: The Brooklyn College Library Collection. © Artist’s Estate
Description: During the 1940’s and early 1950’s Russell painted in the Abstract Expressionist style, but he later turned to the figure and the classical world. His work was a major force in the re-emergence of figurative painting in America. Russell has said, “My inspiration has always been a nostalgia for some nonexistent golden age. . . . I have always believed that the reality of art is unique . . . that art is the reality underlying the unreality of the everyday world.” Russell taught painting at Brooklyn College from 1947 to 1975.