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Milton Resnick

Milton Resnick was an abstract expressionist and abstract impressionist born January 7th, 1917 in Bratslav, Russia. When Resnick aged five in 1922 he and his family immigrated to the United States of America. They settled in Brooklyn, New York where Milton attended public school where a teacher re-named him from his given name Rachmiel to Milton. Later in his life he will become one of the most important painters in abstract impressionism.

At age 14, he entered Pratt Institute Evening School of Art in Brooklyn, where teacher suggested he switch to fine arts, so next year he enrolled in the American Artists' School in New York City where he studied with another Abstract Expressionist Ad Reinhardt as a classmate. Milton Resnick's father disapproved him from all painting so Milton moved out when he was 17.

He supported himself as an elevator boy and continued at the American Artists' School, where he had a small studio with materials left behind by students attending night classes. Where he had a small studio with materials left behind by students attending night classes.

In 1938, he had his own studio on West 21st Street. Miltons Resnick art career was interrupted by five years long service in Army in World War II, he was stationed in Iceland and Europe. After the war he lived for three years in Paris, where among others, he associated with modernist sculptors Alberto Giacometti and Constantin Brâncuşi. He endured near-starvation during this period only to have one show of his work created in Paris canceled by an unsavory dealer.

In 1948, Milton Resnick returned to New York, and joined abstract expressionist painter Hans Hofmann's school. He also took a studio

on East 8th Street, near Jackson Pollock, de Kooning, and Franz Kline. Through de Kooning Milton met his future wife abstract expressionist painter Pat Passlof, whom he married in 1961. Resnick retained a particularly personal style and painted with brush. Sometimes his abstract paintings was referred to as Abstract Impressionism because of his all over style.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Resnick earned respect for his Abstract Expressionist paintings. In 1976, he purchased the space that served him to the end of his active career, an abandoned synagogue on Eldridge Street, New York.

Milton Resnick died on March 12th, 2004 aged 87.