Peter Saul (F '78, '86)

From 1956 to 1964, Peter Saul lived throughout Europe, an experience that influenced his development as an artist. In Paris, Saul met the Surrealist painter Roberto Matta (Chilean, 1911-2002), who would influence his own Surrealist aesthetic. He was also introduced to the American art dealer Allan Frumkin, who would go on to represent the artist for more than 30 years. The breadth of subject matter in Saul’s work has ranged from scenes of World War II and the Vietnam War, to commentaries on the Civil Rights and Feminist movements, to depictions of the artist himself attacked by the forces of the world around him. One of his most famous series, Vietnam (1966), embodies the chaos and deformities that typify his Figurative scenes, giving the viewer a sense of the disdain he felt for the war in Southeast Asia. Throughout his long career, Saul has been most admired for his ability to adapt to the ever-changing tastes of the art world, without losing site of his fearlessly unique aesthetic.