INTRODUCTION by Howard Fast
Edward Biberman's paintings are not only truly magnificent they are the story of the time in which we live; they are in the deepest sense illustrations for the story of our lives, bold, grand illustrations of the noblest passions and agonies and dreams of man.
As the artist points out in his brief afterword, these paintings are chosen from his work in the years between 1937 and 1953. That they make so complete and comprehensive a tale is little short of miraculous, and a fine tribute to the understanding and sensitivity of the painter. Nothing is dated in any of these paintings; each marks a stage in a continuing struggle, and the few words of comment which Edward Biberman adds to each painting are both simple and fine. He is wise in his understatement, for the theme is grandly elucidated in the pictures themselves, and any more text than that which he has provided would only be redundant.
Biberman's work is neither photographic nor obscure. It is realistic in the highest sense. He has chosen to face up to the prime necessities of his day, and in that sense he restores to us the artist as a social commentator; not the cartoonist or satirist, but the mature painter, turning to the face of life and the meaning of life. And thereby too, Edward Biberman's work becomes an act of courage and faith.
. . . Howard Fast
from the dustjacket:
Edward Biberman was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on October 23, 1904. Educated in Philadelphia, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1924, with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics; however, a deep love for drawing and painting, present from early childhood, made him decide to spend two years in intensive art training before making a final choice of a career in business. He therefore entered the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in the same year as his graduation from the University.
These two years ended with a decision to remain in the field of art, professionally. The next three years were spent in independent work and study in Europe. This period was climaxed by two one-man exhibitions of his work, in Paris and Berlin, in the spring of 1929. Following these two exhibitions, he returned to the United States and lived in New York City until 1936 at which time he moved to California, where he now resides.
Since his Paris and Berlin one-man exhibitions in 1929, he has had, up to the present time, eighteen more one-man shows, in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. During these same years his work work has been seen in group exhibition also, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, at the Whitney Museum, and in other important museum exhibitions in the major cities of this country.
His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. Among his awards are the Lambert Fund Purchase Prize, Philadelphia; a Second Award, Sacramento, California; and a First Popular Prize, Los Angeles.
He has executed three mural commissions on direct order from the United States Section of Fine Arts two in the Federal Building in Los Angeles, and one in the Post Office, Venice, California. From 1937 to 1950 he was a teacher of art as well as a painter. At the present time he is devoting full time to painting.
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