Samuel Bak

b .1933
He was born in Vilna in 1933. When World War II began, Bak was sent with his family to the Vilna Ghetto where he exhibited his first paintings, he was 9 years old at the time. He immigrated to Israel in 1948 with his mother and began studying at the Bezalel Academy of Art. In 1952, Bak completed his studies at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He began developing his familiar artistic style - figurative surrealism - when he lived in Italy between 1959 and 1966. The Holocaust is an essential and central part of his paintings i which he creates a surrealistic language that describes fragil occurrences and dreamy and impossible situations, as this type of art stream requires. For decades now, he paints between six and eight hours a day. During this incessant work he has built a reservoir of images that keep appearing in many variations and by now have become his art’s earmarks, in which the whole reality becomes a frozen still life. His work deals with memories of the Holocaust, but in fact it hovers beyond the documentation of memory or dealing with art as a treatment for post-trauma.

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Lot : 593

Samuel Bak
Figure and Fruit, Charcoal and pencil on…

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650

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Samuel Bak
Element of Change, 1991, Oil on canvas,…

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$12,000 - $18,000

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Samuel Bak
The Eternal Promise, 1991, Oil on canvas,…

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16000

Lot : 49

Samuel Bak
Figures and Missile, Oil on paper laid…

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4400

Lot : 50

Samuel Bak
Landscape, Oil on canvas, 50X60 cm. Signed.

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$6,000 - $9,000

Lot : 51

Samuel Bak
Teapot in the Landscape, Oil on canvas,…

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5500

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Samuel Bak
Older Model, oil on canvas, 55X46 cm.…

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4200

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Samuel Bak
Once Upon a Time III, 1985 Oil…

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6000

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Samuel Bak
From Generation to Generation and Beyond, 1996,…

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12000

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Samuel Bak
That is the Question, 1989, Oil on…

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18000

Lot : 79

Samuel Bak
Houses and Key, Oil on canvas, 38X46…

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4800

Lot : 80

Samuel Bak
Still Life, Watercolor on paper, 70X100 cm.…

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5500

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Samuel Bak
Landscape, watercolor on paper laid down on…

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1200

Lot : 28

Samuel Bak
Pear and Soldier at the River Bank,…

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6000

Lot : 29

Samuel Bak
Transport, Oil on canvas, 76X100 cm. Signed.…

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9000

Lot : 58

Samuel Bak
Landscape, Oil on canvas, 41X92 cm. Signed.…

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5500

Lot : 59

Samuel Bak
Factory, Oil on canvas, 65X46 cm. Signed.…

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3600

Lot : 60

Samuel Bak
Together, 1996, Oil on canvas, 60X67 cm.…

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8000

Lot : 9

Samuel Bak
Pear, oil on canvas, 35X27 cm. Signed.

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3400

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Samuel Bak
A Girl with a Hat, 1972, Pastel…

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1100

Lot : 8

Samuel Bak
House, oil on canvas, 33X24 cm. signed.…

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2800

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Samuel Bak
Cloud, oil on canvas, 24X18.5 cm. signed.…

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1500

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Samuel Bak
Kettle and a Cup, oil on canvas,…

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1100

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Samuel Bak
Figures, 1995, pastel and sepia on paper,…

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1200

Lot : 405

Samuel Bak
Pears and Bottles, Oil and ink on…

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4000

Lot : 582

Samuel Bak
City of Stones, Oil and marker on…

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2800

Lot : 22

Samuel Bak
Figures, Oil on canvas, 24X24 cm. Signed.

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$3,000 - $5,000

Lot : 23

Samuel Bak
Around and Around, Oil on canvas, 24X24…

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2600

Lot : 24

Samuel Bak
Buildings, Oil on canvas, 54X65 cm. Signed.

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4500

Lot : 49

Samuel Bak
Moon, 2003 Oil on canvas, 61X45 cm.…

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7500

Lot : 50

Samuel Bak
Still Life with a Pear, 1985 Oil…

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10000

Lot : 67

Samuel Bak
Rosa Green, Tempera on board, 102X42 cm.…

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5500

Lot : 68

Samuel Bak
Still Life with Leaves, Oil on canvas,…

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6000

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Samuel Bak
Time Pears, oil on canvas, 50X50 cm.…

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1500

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Samuel Bak
Cart, oil on canvas, 22X19 cm. Signed.

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1500

Lot : 317

Samuel Bak
Trees, Pastel on paper, 47X61 cm, Signed…

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800

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