Modernist David Leneman (Polish 1906- )
Signed and dated lower left
measures: 9 x 12 inches
condition : excellent
His work is in the Corning Museum of Glass
-from the Time article
"Those who had watched Leneman at work could report that, whether or not he quite achieved his ends, his means and his theories were disarming. Leneman paints with his fingers, an activity he took up in Warsaw, at 14. Leneman's parents had taken away his brushes to make the boy spend more time at his books, but they forgot to take away his paints. So Leneman started smearing his inspirations directly on the canvas; daubing, lumping, clutching, rubbing and Now a bouncy, talkatively intense 40, Leneman is proud of being a family man (three children) as well as an artist. Explaining that he scratches thin lines with his fingernails, he adds, with a wistful look at his chubby hands, that his nails used to be longer "but I always scratched my wife and she made me cut them." Leneman reasons that brushes are merely extensions of the fingers; he prefers to do without them because finger-painting gives him "a much closer physical relationship. I like directness, I'm impatient, and a good painting is a good painting even if it's done with the nose."
Author: /time Magazine | Title: Art: Creamy & Sticky | 8/25/1947
There is also an article about him in the New Yorker about the same time.
Item ID: FA-177