About Betty Herbert
Self-taught painter Betty Herbert did not begin exploring art until her 50s, but she quickly established a visual style all her own. Using rapid-fire brushstrokes, she captures the human side of the horrors of war, from the American Revolutionary War to modern entanglements in Afghanistan and Iraq, with a folk art quality mixed with the immediacy of photojournalism. Using the same thick impasto, but a brighter color palette, she also paints lush landscapes of Provence and Tahiti—many inspired by her travels in the South of France and sometimes painted from direct observation—that call to mind the sunny, exoticized paintings and woodcuts of Paul Gauguin.
American , b. 1929