Milton Resnick  (American, 1917-2004) 

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Milton Resnick (American, 1917–2004) was a first generation Abstract Expressionist. Born in Russia, he immigrated with his family to the United States at age five; by 14 he had begun taking evening classes in commercial art at the Pratt Institute. Milton later transferred to the American Artists’ school, where he shifted his focus to Fine Art. Resnick’s father prohibited him from pursing art, which forced him to move out and continue school, supporting himself as an elevator boy. In 1938, he moved to his first New York studio, where he became close friends with Willem de Kooning (American/Dutch, 1904–1997). Two years later, Resnick was drafted into the army, serving in Iceland and Europe. He settled in Paris after the war, where he met many artists, such as Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901–1966) and Constantin Brancusi (Romanian, 1876–1957). After three years in Paris, Resnick returned to New York and continued his education through Hans Hofmann’s school. It was in the start of the 1950s that Resnick began to gain recognition for his paintings. In 1961, he married fellow Abstract Expressionist Pat Passlof (American, b.1928). Resnick’s work is featured in many important collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art, and the National Museum of American Art.

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Milton Resnick, Untitled

 

Milton Resnick
Untitled
1988

Cheim & Read
Milton Resnick, Straw

 

Milton Resnick
Straw
1982

Cheim & Read
Milton Resnick, Untitled 1

 

Milton Resnick
Untitled 1
circa 1982

RoGallery.com
Milton Resnick, Untitled 2

 

Milton Resnick
Untitled 2
1982

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Milton Resnick, Belonging to Woman

 

Milton Resnick
Belonging to Woman
1965

Julian Weissman Fine Art, LLC
Milton Resnick, Untitled

 

Milton Resnick
Untitled
1959

Levis Fine Art
Milton Resnick, Untitled (Gray)

 

Milton Resnick
Untitled (Gray)
1982

Hal Katzen Gallery
Milton Resnick, Untitled

 

Milton Resnick
Untitled
1991

William McWillie Chambers III
Milton Resnick, Untitled (color)

 

Milton Resnick
Untitled (color)
1982

Hal Katzen Gallery
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Milton Resnick, Untitled

 

Milton Resnick
Untitled, 1963
oil on paper laid on canvas

 

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Milton Resnick, Straws In The Wind II

 

Milton Resnick
Straws In The Wind II, 1981
oil on canvas

 

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Milton Resnick, Untitled 2

 

Milton Resnick
Untitled 2, 1982
color etching

 

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1917   Born January 8th in Bratslav, Ukraine
1922   Family moves to United Strates, settling in Brooklyn; attends public
1931   Enrolls in commercial art program at the Pratt Institute Evening School, Brooklyn; teacher advises him to transfer to fine arts
1932   Enrolls in American Artists’ School, New York; fellow classmate is Ad Reinhardt (who later becomes an abstract expressionist painter like Resnick)
1934   Milton’s father tries to discourage him from being artist; Milton moves out, working as an elevator boy to pay for American Artists’ School; the school provides a small room to paint in and Milton uses materials left over by night school students as he cannot afford his own
1938   Moves to studio on West 21st Street, near fellow expressionist painter Willem de Kooning (he and de Kooning retain close relationship through the 1960s)
1940   Drafted into U.S. Army; serves in Iceland and Europe; lives in Paris for three years after the war; meets Alberto Giacometti and
1948   Returns to New York; enrolls in abstract expressionist painter Hans Hofmann’s school (and pays tuition with remaining G.I. benefits); rents a studio on East 8th Street, near de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Franz Kline; meets Pat Passlof, whom he marries in 1961
1976   Purchases an abandoned synagogue on Eldridge Street in New York’s lower east side where he maintains a large studio and also resides
2004   Dies in New York City