Fine Art

Irving Norman


Irving Norman was an American artist born in Lithuania in 1906. He immigrated with his family to the United States in 1923 and settled in the Midwest. Norman studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and later at Indiana University, where he received his master’s degree in fine arts.

Norman’s artworks often depict scenes of destruction, politics, and war. He believed that artists had a responsibility to speak out against the injustices of society. Norman’s style is often described as “social surrealist,” as his paintings contain elements of surrealism mixed with political commentary.

One of Norman’s most famous works is called “The Conquest,” which depicts a massive, industrialized army marching forward, consuming everything in its path. The painting is a commentary on the destructive power of war and industrialization.

Norman’s paintings often feature grotesque and distorted figures, which the artist believed represented the corruption and decay of society. However, despite the dark subject matter of his works, Norman’s paintings are also admired for their intricate detail and craftsmanship.

In addition to his paintings, Norman was also dedicated to teaching and was a beloved teacher at the California School of Fine Arts for many years. He passed away in 1989, but his legacy lives on through his powerful and thought-provoking artworks.