photographed 11/18/2020
photographed 11/18/2020

Substance of a Town


Artist
Raphael Gleitsmann (American, 1910 – 1995)
Date
1949
Medium
Oil on board
Dimensions
Canvas : 27 1/2 x 39 5/8 in. (69.85 cm x 1 m)
Frame : 34 5/8 x 46 3/4 in. (87.95 cm x 1.2 m)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection
Object Number
2015.65

Label
Ohio artist Raphael Gleitsmann served as a combat engineer in Europe during World War II. Deeply troubled by the death and destruction he witnessed in the war, he used painting as a form of therapy to help himself recover emotionally from his post-traumatic stress. For nine years after the war, Gleitsmann produced canvases featuring desolate battlefields and ruined towns. His grimly powerful images won him national attention, including a first place finish in the prestigious Carnegie Institute Invitational of 1948. After working through his inner turmoil, Gleitsmann lost interest in painting and spent much of his remaining life working as a carpenter.

Object Type
Painting