The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania
Last Modified: May 3, 2002

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Remembrance of Places Past IV egg tempera 16 x 20 inches 1995

Before cancer: I have been a recognized painter in Europe and America. My sole focus was successful communications between a painter and his patrons. Then I was told about the cancer . . . .

Since then, my life is more intense. When I visit my hometown, there are the same abandoned corners, houses from bygone eras, ancient narrow streets, just as I used them as props in my pictures. However, now I can focus further and sense some of the miseries, hopelessness, and dying that took place behind the dark, empty windows. There are moments one can almost sense something even more distant and obscure. Essence of the city? One can almost imagine the subject communicating with the painter.

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