Leonard Rosenfeld
Riderless horse blues, 1995, black crayon, watercolor on paper, 22 x 30 in, 55.88 x 76.2 cm
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Blues  Rosenfeld was an inveterate newshound. In fact, among the various jobs he held to support himself and family after the war, was a stint with Associated Press. He often spoke of when, in 1951, President Truman fired General McArthur. On that date, in Len's words, the newsroom and teletype machines went “wild”! His avid interest in local, national and international events was so intense that he was even tempted to go into journalism. Instead, he took his narrative skills to the canvas. The “Blues” series is a classic example. When the O.J. Simpson trial took off, Len was glued to the TV every day,  watching the whole saga unfold. He couldn't get over it—the emotions, the ups and downs, twists and turns. Indeed, the “downs” in particular brought to bear this artist’s skill as a blues harp player. The opening for these works in 1995 was appropriately punctuated by the presence of a small blues band, with Len on the harmonica, paying homage to many of the Blues’ “greats.”

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