A master of Abstract Expressionism, Abraham Rattner also explored Cubism and Surrealistic styles, applying his versatility at times to designs in tapestry and stained glass. A leading modernist painter noted for his superb use of colour, Rattner is probably best remembered as the most prolific of the twentieth century American painters of religious themes.
artistic talent, Rattner attended the Pennsylvania
Academy of Fine Arts in 1917-1918 but was diverted by the calling of the First
World War. Though
wounded early in the battle at
Returning to the
academy after the war, Rattner was awarded a
fellowship to study in
The horrors of yet another war caused rattner to alter his artistic style. By the 1960s, his work had become largely symbolic, his continuing concern with the human condition expressed through his bold and vivid use of colour. Rattner’s work is still popular today.