Artist: Jeremiah Goodman
Title: Garden in Hell, Diana Vreeland's Legendary Red Living Room
Medium: Giclee reproduction on handcrafted paper
Image Size: 22 x 18 inches
Reserve Bid is $650
Courtesy of Jeremiah and DeanRhysMorgan.com
Jeremiah Goodman was born in 1922 in upstate New York and is considered to be one of the finest illustrators of interiors.
While most can only imagine the lavish living quarters filled with fine china, dramatic drapery, and regal furniture that lie behind the iron-clad gates of the most exclusive addresses in America, Jeremiah Goodman has had the rare opportunity to enter and paint his impressions of the residences of the rich and famous for the past 54 years.
Jeremiah's expressive watercolors not only act as an archive of interior design for the second half of the 20th century, but also provide a glimpse into the artist's unique ability to infuse a depiction of domestic space with a sense of drama and emotion second only to being there.
In addition to making art based on the interiors, Goodman painted studies for rooms-to-be, creating the beautiful plans on which the rooms themselves would be based. Over the span of his career, Jeremiah has made renderings of the homes of such influential icons as President Ronald Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan; playwright Edward Albee; legendary theatre personas Mary Martin, Sir John Gielgud, and Richard Rodgers; Baron and Baroness Phillippe de Rothschild; jewelry designer Elsa Peretti; Greta Garbo; Cecil Beaton; Betsy Bloomingdale; the Dutchess of Windsor; fashion designers Elsa Schiaparelli and Bill Blass; Vogue editor-in-chief and fashion icon Diana Vreeland; interior designers Billy Baldwin and Mario Buatta; and famed photographer Bruce Weber; in addition to illustrating rooms for House and Garden, The New York Times Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Interior Design, a publication for which Goodman illustrated each month's cover for 15 years.
Although he had initially wanted to become a Hollywood Set designer, the artist eventually concentrated his talents on creating renderings of rooms. In 1952 he began illustrating rooms, furniture, and fashion accessories for Lord and Taylor’s newspaper advertising. Gradually, his work also began appearing in the editorial pages of magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Harpers’ Bazar, House and Garden, and Interior Design, whose covers he illustrated every month for 15 years, for which he received, in 1987, the prestigious Hall of Fame Award in recognition for his contribution in the field of interior design.