Not on display
- Bernard Perlin 1918–2014
- Tempera on board
- Support: 762 × 1016 mm
frame: 807 × 1062 × 35 mm
- Presented by Lincoln Kirstein through the Institute of Contemporary Arts 1950
N05956 Orthodox Boys 1948
Inscribed 'Bernard Perlin 1948' b.l.
Tempera on millboard, 30 x 40 (76 x 102)
Presented by Lincoln Kirstein through the ICA 1950
Prov: With M. Knoedler, New York (purchased from the artist 1948); Lincoln Kirstein, New York, 1948
Exh: Bernard Perlin, Knoedler, New York, May-June 1948 (6); Painting in the United States 1949, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, October-December 1949 (35, repr.); Artists under 35 Years of Age, Metropolitan Museum, New York, March-April 1950 (no catalogue); Symbolic Realism in American Painting, ICA, London, July-August 1950 (21, repr.); XXVIII Biennale, Venice, June-October 1956 (US pavilion 35, repr. in special catalogue American Artists paint the City, pl.14); American Artists paint the City, Art Institute of Chicago, January-March 1957 (works not numbered, repr. pl.14)
Repr: Art News, XLVII, June-August 1948, p.51; Architectural Review, CVIII, 1950, p.206
Orthodox Jewish boys on the platform at Canal Street subway stop, New York City. The green wall is the back of a newspaper kiosk (letter from the artist, 26 August 1952).
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.584, reproduced p.584
Tate’s first acquisition of a work by a contemporary American artist after 1945, Orthodox Boys is charged with the anxieties …