Samuel Bak

 

 

Samuel Bak was born in 1933 in Vilna, Poland (today Vilnius, Lithuania).  He began drawing at the age of three and was soon recognized as a child prodigy.  At the age of nine, he had his own exhibition in the Vilna Ghetto.  His father and grandparents perished in the Holocaust.  Bak and his mother survived.  Since liberation in 1944, he has produced artworks addressing many themes, often related to his boyhood experiences.  He has earned an international reputation for his work which which encompasses thought-provoking images and raises challenging questions about human behavior, the Holocaust, and genocidal acts in the post-Holocaust decades.  He acknowledges that his work produces many questions that he does not answer, but rather encourages his viewers to grapple with these questions.

 

 

 

Samuel Bak (American, b. Poland, 1933)

On Jacob's Mount, 2006

Oil on canvas

 

Florida Holocaust Museum, gift of the artist and the Pucker Gallery in honor of Roz Barnett and Nat Durlach

 

(not currently on view)

Samuel Bak (American, b. Poland, 1933)

On Yona's Place, 2006

Charcoal and oil on paper

 

Florida Holocaust Museum, gift of the artist and the Pucker Gallery in honor of Rimantas Stankevicius

 

(not currently on view)

Samuel Bak (American, b. Poland, 1933)

To the Gate, 2006

Oil on canvas

 

Florida Holocaust Museum

 

(not currently on view)

Samuel Bak (American, b. Poland, 1933)

One Child Island, 2006

Oil on canvas

 

Florida Holocaust Museum

 

(not currently on view)