NATHAN WASSERBERGER

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WASSERBERGER--Nathan. Born June 24, 1928 in Chrzanow, Poland, died April 23, 2012, in his beloved New York City. He arrived in the US in 1947 as a teenage survivor of Buchenwald and became an award-winning student at the Art Student's League where he studied with Ivan Olinsky and Byron Brown. His luminous paintings of nudes, geishas, clowns, rabbis and ordinary people were sold at the former Park South Gallery in the Carnegie Hall building. They are part of many private collections in the US and Europe. A book of his work was published by Soho gallery-owner Louis Meisel's Eminent Publications. With his beautifully drawn paintings of figures and faces, suffused with light and color, he steered away from the darkness and depravity he experienced as a child. He is survived by his widow, Keiko Miura Wasserberger, nephews and nieces, and many friends, including his former wife, Marleen Nienhuis. He is buried at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Queens where the unveiling of his headstone will take place Sunday, April 7, 2013.

Published in The New York Times on Apr. 7, 2013