Holocaust Museum LA's archive is proud to feature a series of 17 monoprints by Washington, DC artist Jack Boul.
Profoundly affected by photos of the liberation of concentration camps he saw as a young U.S. soldier stationed in Italy during WWII, the stark images and dark lines depicted in Boul's Holocaust series attempts to convey the horror of the concentration camps while memorializing this catastrophic moment in history.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Brooklyn in 1927, Jack Boul attended the American Artist’s School in New York before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1945. Boul served as a sergeant in an Engineers battalion as part of the U.S. Occupation Forces and was stationed at a German Prisoner of War camp outside of Pisa, Italy. As concentration camps across Europe were liberated by Allied forces, photographs of the atrocities at Buchenwald, Dachau, and Mauthausen taken by the U.S. Signal Corps were circulated among the troops. Boul was struck by the horrific scenes encountered by liberating troops, and the images resonated with him deeply, remaining with him throughout his life.
After the war, Boul studied at the Cornish School of Art and then American University in Washington DC, where he went on to teach in the art department. He began exhibiting his artwork in 1951, and his work is included in several collections, including the National Gallery of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Fine Art and the Phillips Collection. Boul was moved to create this Holocaust series after studying the official World War II photographs at the National Archives. The collection was first shown at Washington’s Corcoran gallery of Art in 2000 and later donated to Holocaust Museum LA. Boul views the collection as his small way of keeping the history alive: “I thought it was important that they not be forgotten.”