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Leon Golub was an American painter who was both horrified and inspired by the Vietnam War.
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Dogs and skulls appeared in a number of these paintings, including "Infvitabile Fatvm" (1994). "Dogs move through our culture as a kind of unresolved issue," he explained to The New York Times. "I mean, we mistreat dogs, we pet dogs; when a city gets bombed out, what's left are dogs roaming through the city."
Golub's work was the subject of a major retrospective at the Dublin Museum of Modern Art in 2000,
and this exhibit appeared at the Brooklyn Museum of Art the following year.
Golub continued working until his death, on August 8, 2004, at the age of 82, in New York City. Today, he is remembered for challenging the viewer with his exploration of power. As ARTnews writer Amei Wallach once wrote: "Golub was a righteous monster who reconciled painting with the unpalatable realities of his time."
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