- Bertman, Sandra
- Date of entry: May-26-2010
- Last revised: May-24-2010
A number of expressionless faces blindfolded, bandaged, many eyeless, some with hats of the 1930s, glasses, masks, bullet-ridden helmets, comprise three fourths of the canvas. Anything but a group portrait, these totally disconnected faces staring straight ahead are all on different planes. None are connecting with another. Remnants of crematorium smoke stacks and a burned city are the only visible detail in the upper fourth of the canvas, from which a series of tired male refugees, painted in a much smaller scale, appear to be walking down into the portrait.
Painted in 1974, the year after the Israeli Yom Kippur War: “My memory, stirred by the recent Israeli conflict, began to supply visual material from a more distant war.” (p. 178)
Samuel Bak Between Worlds: Paintings and Drawings from 1946 to 2001 (Boston: Pucker Art Publications, 2002) pp. 178-181.