Aaron Bohrod - Painter; Aaron Bohrod was on born November 21, 1907 in Chicago. Bohrod studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League of New York between 1926 and 1930.
He returned to Chicago in 1930 where he painted views of the city and its working class. Bohrod completed three commissioned "New Deal" murals for the Treasury Departments Section of Fine Arts in Illinois; Old State Capital in Vandalia, Illinois" (1935) for the Vandalia, IL Post Office, "Breaking the Prairie Log City" (1938) for the Galesburg, IL Post Office and "Clinton in Winter" (1939) for the Clinton, IL Post Office.
During World War II, Bohrod worked as an artist; first in the Pacific for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, then in Europe for Life magazine. In 1948, He accepted a position as artist in residence, succeeding John Steuart Curry, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and remained in that capacity until 1973. Bohrod lived in Monona, Wisconsin until his death in 1992
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Above: Bohrod's "Landing Artillery at Rendova Island, Solomons Group" (Army Art Collection) World War II.
Above: In the 1950s, Bohrod developed the trompe-l'œil style of highly realistic, detailed still-life paintings which give an illusion of real life. It was this style with which he became internationally identified.
Above: Bohrod's "New Deal" mural titled, "Old State Capital in Vandalia, Illinois" (1935) for the Vandalia, IL Post Office.
Above: Bohrod's "New Deal" mural titled, "Breaking the Prairie Log City" (1938) for the Galesburg, IL Post Office.