Chess as Metaphor in the Art of Samuel Bak


Chess as Metaphor in the Art of Samuel Bak


Essay by Jeanlouis Cronus

Chess as Metaphor continues the journey through Samuel Bak's body of work by reproducing canvases from 1990 through 1991. In this book, Bak has placed pawns, knights, bishops, rooks, queens, and kings in a surreal setting. The game boards of chess are dramatically incorporated into the earthly natural terrain. The sublime and the beautiful work together in Bak's paintings to create images of personal triumph and defeat. The powerful visual vocabulary of Bak's painting needs little commentary; however, the essays presented by Jeanlouis Cornuz, chess authority and art critic, help enhance our understanding of these works and their historical and visual context.

  • Published by Pucker Art Publications, Boston, MA, 1991
  • and C.A. Olsommer, Montreux, Switzerland
  • Slip-cased hardcover book, 9.75 x 8.75"
  • 84 pages with full color images, text in both French and English
  • ISBN: 1-879985-02-0
  • Price: $30.00
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