(American, b. 1966)
Oil on linen
Overall: 101.6 x 96.6 x 3.8 cm (40 x 38 1/16 x 1 1/2 in.)
Gift of Scott C. Mueller and Margaret Fulton Mueller 2008.14
While creating his series of works on the life of Anne Frank, Mayerson listened to audiotapes of her diary.
This portrait of Anne Frank is based on a renowned photograph of the young Holocaust victim who gained international fame following the publication of the diary she kept during World War II. Shown in full youth awaiting a life of promise, Mayerson's image suggests the symbolic value Frank's life has assumed since the war, suggesting resilience against racism, violence, and the Holocaust. Mayerson belongs to a relatively young generation of painters whose work is representational and painted in a traditional style.
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