The University of Wisconsin, Madison’s second Artist in Residence
Aaron Bohrod (1907-1992), Portrait of Conrad Elvehjem, 1963, oil
Bohrod covered the European theater during World War II as an artist war correspondent for Life magazine. Three years after the war, Bohrod settled in Madison, a city where he would remain until his death. Immensely popular, even President Harry S. Truman so admired a piece by Bohrod hanging in a senator’s office that he borrowed it for his own.
In 1963, Bohrod painted his (for whom Madison’s Elvehjem Museum of Art is named) one year following the death of his dear friend and the illustrious thirteenth president of the University of Wisconsin. The Union purchased it that same year.
catalog entry by Christena Gunther
The work shown here is a part of the UW Madison - Wisconsin Union Galleries collection and was part of a exhibition titled; “Highlights from the Wisconsin Union Art Collection.” This work is currently on loan to the WP&S exhibit Madison People Places and Events at the Steenbock gallery (1922 University Ave, in Madison) until April 1st 2006.
Related Website: www.union.wisc.edu/art/collection/