The painting “The Wooden Fish” by Ben Benn juxtaposes what is an ordinary dinner into a handcrafted, detailed object with an array of attention-grabbing colors. The fish and the surrounding objects evoke an appreciation for the nourishment that food which is taken for granted brings into our lives.
Throughout his career, Mr. Benn shifted back and forth between figuration and abstraction, never becoming wholly one or the other. His pictorial approach was always marked by Cezanne and Cubism, but his concern for composition was always tempered by a passion for the world around him and an instinctive feeling for color and line. -New York Times