An Arduous Road
Samuel Bak - 60 Years of Creativity
Selected Panels from the Exhibition
The terrors of the Holocaust nipped the growth of the Bak family in the bud and yet the painting “The Family” is filled with figures. They are not, however, portraits of biological relatives but figures collected and assembled from his own canvasses. In the absence of a real family, Bak embraced the figures as his own relatives. The survivors of the inferno, evident in the crimson clouds in the background of this “family photo”, are his family, with all their disabilities and all their awkwardness. Together, in a family embrace, they strengthen one another in a shared, powerful will to continue on the road of life.