Widely collected and admired in Europe and the United States, Nathan Wasserberger was born in Chrzanow, Poland in 1928. As a young man, he witnessed first hand the horrors of World War II including the death of friends and family and is himself a survivor of Buchenwald.
Despite these early challenges, he went on to study at the Academy Julien in Paris and at the Art Students League in New York.
Early in his career, his paintings reflected the unbelievable injustices committed by the Nazis upon himself and millions of other innocents.
This brooding period was soon replaced by introspective expressions of the joy of life and a celebration of beauty and sensuality. Yet, concealed in every painting, there is a touch of sadness, a carry over of his experiences as a young man. Perhaps also a comment upon the unceasing suffering that still haunts humanity today.
Having 67 photos and color plates of his paintings in the permanent archives of American Art in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, assures this artist a place of honor in American art.
An excerpt from a book about Nathan Wasserberger quotes as follows:
"The treatment of the figure is concentrated, elegant
and correct. At the same time there is an additional heritage
in the lesson of drawing: The structures of the paintings are
clarified, the concentration on the single figures producing
the first signs of the crystaline structural clarity his paintings
now display. Moreover, the technique is kept light and informal
with none of the freezing into cold stiff line which academic
figure painters tend to adopt. Finally, adding to this buoyancy
is the lesson of tone: A silvery high-key tone begins to infuse
the work. It is a luminous spirit lifting tone."