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Susan Beilby Magee + Kalman Aron at the Museum of Tolerance LA 10-21-12

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INTO THE LIGHT relates the life of émigré artist Kalman Aron from his youth as an art prodigy in Latvia through four years of darkness in Holocaust slave labor and concentration camps, where drawing portraits of guards for morsels of food would save him from starvation. After the war, he made his way to the Vienna Fine Arts Academy where he received his Masters in Fine Art.

He then left Europe, finding sanctuary in California in 1949. Aron first found success in America by painting pastels of children. He became known for landscapes and studies of people in his unique style, “psychological realism.”

His work soon caught the attention of Hollywood celebrities and connoisseurs alike, and commissions arrived from such notables as Ronald Reagan, Henry Miller and André Previn.

You can buy the book online here at Hard Press Editions

Event Photography © Bart Bartholomew