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The Mathematician

Artist:
Bernard Childs (American, Brooklyn, New York 1910–1985 New York)
Date:
1959
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
32 1/8 x 26 1/8 in. (81.6 x 66.4 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Judith Childs, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.429
Rights and Reproduction:
© Estate of Bernard Childs/Licensed by VAGA, NY
Not on view
The subject of this painting is Samuel Eilenberg (Warsaw 1913–1998 New York), a mathematician who was a professor at Columbia University for much of his career. He was also a prominent collector of Asian art, much of which was donated to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Childs 59; inscribed (backboard): Sammy Eilenberg
the artist, Paris and New York (1959–d. 1985); his widow, Judith Childs, New York (1985–2000; her gift to MMA)

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. "Bernard Childs," November 1959, no. 18 (as "The Mathematician [Portrait]").

New York University Art Collection, Loeb Student Center. "Bernard Childs: Exhibition of Paintings, Engravings and Drawings," April 14–May 15, 1964, not in catalogue.

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