Max Ginsburg, Foreclosure, 2011

Ginsburg calls himself a Social Realist (like Daumier) and has been working since the 50’s painting regular people in ordinary places. In 2007 his work shifted to become a little more dramatic, responding to social issues of our time. He believes Keats’ “Beauty is Truth, Truth is Beauty” and paints about war and other truths about society, even if it’s tragic. Ginsburg says that artists need to combine skill in art AND social commentary. In this painting he tackles the tragedy of the 2008 financial crisis; homeowners lament amidst roiling furniture on the front lawn.
By the way, Max is a real sweetheart and a great teacher. If you ever have the chance to take one of his workshops, do it!

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