title: Assassin

date: ca. 1957

medium: oil on canvas

image size: 26 ½” x 20 ½”

signed: on reverse of frame
                “A. Beck
                 63 rue Pernety Paris 14e”
                “Assassin”

 

While studying in Paris, Al Beck was interested in painting faces that were distorted or hidden. Others in this series include “Genesis 3.19” and “untitled Face“. Beck was very poor and painted on burlap potato sacks that he stretched over his own handmade frames.