Social Realist Artist Jack Levine Dies on Monday at New York City Home at Age 95


NEW YORK (AP).- The social realist artist Jack Levine, who skewered the rich and powerful in paintings that echoed Old Masters like Goya and El Greco stylistically, has died. He was 95. Levine’s son-in-law, Leonard Fisher, said the artist died Monday at his New York City home. Levine’s works are in the collections of major museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Born in Boston in 1915, Levine found work as a young man with the federal Works Progress Administration. He achieved wide recognition when his 1937 painting “The Feast of Pure Reason,” a critique of political corruption, was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art. Levine’s career was interrupted by a stint in the Army from 1942 to 1945. After the war he married artist Ruth Gikow and moved to New York. His 1946 painting “Welcome Home,” a satire of military power, generated controversy when it was later sho