© 1987 Jerzy Bitter, After the War, oil on canvas (30” x 40”)
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Jerzy Bitter was born in Lvov, Poland (now Ukraine), in 1941 and as a child experienced the Warsaw Ghetto. He and his mother survived the Holocaust by living in hiding for several years. Bitter completed his formal art studies first at Art Students League in New York and then at New York University, where he received a master’s degree in 1975, five years after a motorcycle accident left him partially paralyzed. Bitter’s stark figural depictions have been exhibited throughout the United States in New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, as well as in Poland, France, and the Netherlands.