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Boston, MA 02116
Arnold Trachtman’s (1930-2019) vibrant Expressionist views of Boston, Cambridge, and surrounding cities are on view in On the Town, a new exhibition of work by the prolific, though somewhat overlooked artist. Born in Lynn, Trachtman spent most of his life in the Greater Boston area, eschewing the artistic hub of New York for his roots in New England. After serving overseas in the aftermath of World War II and receiving his Masters degree from the Art Institute of Chicago, Trachtman returned to the East Coast to begin a long career of teaching, painting, and activism. Though much of his art was political in nature, Trachtman also continually produced scenes of his immediate world: the bridges, buildings, parks, and squares of Metro Boston. Each of these paintings brim with life, Trachtmans’ keen observations detailing both the notable architecture and colorful characters inhabiting familiar locales, capturing a more personal view of the “town” he called home.