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Julian Levi

Wasteland Images, Martha’s Vineyard

Born in New York, Julian Levi was raised in Philadelphia and began his formal art training at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Arthur Carles and Henry McCarter. Wasteland Images, Martha’s Vineyard features the barren landscape of a section of the island off Cape Cod that includes the sand and bedrock remnants of the terminal glacial moraine. Using grays, browns, and reds, he fashions a scene in which boulders dwarf a small human figure under a cloudy, dirty sky.

The desolate landscape likely references T. S. Eliot’s 1922 modernist poem “The Waste Land,” especially the fifth section—“What the Thunder Said”—which opens with images of a journey over a rocky, sandy, and waterless road. Painted during World War II, Wasteland Images reflects the despondency and loss of the era.

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