Aaron Bohrod (American/Wisconsin, 1907-1992), "Silver Horse, Golden Horse", 1977, oil on panel, signed lower right, titled and dated on artist label and handwritten inscription "Bradley Galleries - June 1977" en verso, 8 in. x 10 in., framed; accompanied by copy of Bradley Galleries, Milwaukee, WI receipt and The Milwaukee Journal article "Bohrod Wizardry, at 70, He's Still Fooling the Eye", Feb. 5, 1978. Provenance: Bradley Galleries, Milwaukee, WI, 1977; thence by descent. Note: The 1950s marked a shift in Aaron Bohrod’s artistic style. While originally employing much looser brushstrokes and focusing on grander scenes of quintessential American life, Bohrod shifted to the tight precision of trompe l’oeil paintings, a style he was so successful at executing that his works would often be accompanied by insistent “do not touch” signs when on exhibition.
In the lot presented here, Bohrod’s exquisite attention to detail is on full display in the crisp quality of this trompe l’oeil still life of two toy horses. The work is almost photographic in terms of composition, with a close crop on the figures pinned amongst paint blobs and cutout graphics, the whole of which coalesces into a cryptic shrine invoking childhood and its associated frivolity.
Ref.: “Aaron Bohrod.” Modernism in the New City: Chicago Artists, 1920-1950. www.chicagomodern.org. Accessed Oct. 12, 2017.