NEW YORK, Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Anthony Brandt (1925-2009), http://www.anthonybrandt.com/ the son of Jewish émigrés, was praised by top critics as 'England's Modern Michelangelo'. Many post-war Jewish artists found fame in New York, but Brandt's model and wife, Mitzi, believed patronage from her British aristocratic friends was a better route. Brandt's art, however, was too provocative and he remained an outsider. Now, his work is finally set to debut in New York, which is undoubtedly his cultural home. George Keppe, Director of the Keppe Brandt Foundation, who was a close friend of Brandt, says, "Anthony won't be the first artist to be rediscovered after his death. We eagerly await the reception that New York will lay on for this forgotten genius and those wishing to exhibit, or buy Brandt's work are now welcome.''
Anthony Brandt's epic backdrops and technical expertise echo great masters, but his figures are uniquely modern. Notably, his robust depictions of maternity, are influenced more by his strong Jewish mother than Michelangelo's Madonna and child. A silver sculpture of an exuberant mother, balancing her newborn above her head with one hand, liberates the iconic image of 'mother and child'.
Brandt spent a lifetime recreating oils that replicated the great masters, and along with innovative brushed aluminum as a canvas, he ensured his art will last several lifetimes. His portraits hang in stately homes, but not his nudes. Brandt's nudes depict vigorous sexually charged, sensual beings, partaking in the creation of life. From a distance, they could well be Renaissance paintings, but on closer inspection, such virility would have led to excommunication rather than placement in chapels. Sole reliance on this circle for patronage eventually led to disillusionment.
Brandt left London and converted a derelict chapel into an opulent home and artist studio, in the remote Welsh Brecon Beacons, which now houses his life's work. Despite the highest critical acclaim, Brandt became increasingly reclusive as ill health set in. But he worked tirelessly on his 'Cosmos' masterpieces and continued painting until his death in 2009 aged 84.
Brandt named the chapel 'Shalom Shalom' (a warm welcome) in a tribute to his Jewish heritage. This may have been lost on the UK aristocracy, but New York is sure to welcome the rare works of this genius Jewish artist.
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SOURCE Keppe Brandt Foundation