Jeremiah Goodman

Jeremiah Goodman is considered to be one of the finest illustrators of interiors. Known for his watercolours and gouaches, Goodman made a name for himself with his interior renderings for decorators, celebrities, and Lord & Taylor.

Jeremiah Goodman was born on October 22, 1922. Like many artists, he began drawing at an early age, when he was given a box of crayons to keep him occupied while convalescing from a childhood injury. He went on to attend the Lafayette High School, Franklin School of Professional Art, and the Parsons School of Design, where he studied painting with Betty Carter.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

Now in his eighties, Goodman is finally getting the recognition that he so deserves. There is a book, Jeremiah: A Romantic Vision, which is a compilation of some of his finest works. Coinciding with the release of this publication, there is also an exhibit of his works at Bergdorf Goodman. Friend and playwright Edward Albee writes in the foreword to Goodman’s published monograph, Jeremiah: A Romantic Vision, that fine artists always ambitiously aim to “get beyond the facts to the reasoning behind them.” While the bold, impressionistic strokes of his gutsy watercolours and gouaches don’t register the details of the curios on Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s mantelpiece in Los Angeles, or the names of the books on Elsa Peretti’s cocktail table in Spain, or the condition of a Louis XV commode in a baron’s foyer in Mexico, Goodman’s illustrations do accomplish something altogether more magical. They capture the spirit of a room as distilled by its inhabitants.

Goodman depicted the eccentric decorator and set designer Tony Duquette's Venetian-style Los Angeles living room as a palatial vision.<br />
Goodman depicted the eccentric decorator and set designer Tony Duquette's Venetian-style Los Angeles living room as a palatial vision.<br />

A watercolor and pencil drawing of fashion designer Bill Blass’s New York bedroom captures Biedermeier furniture and Napolé

Goodman sometimes disguised artworks for stylistic reasons. However, it's hard to miss the Henry Moore sculpture at Gianni Agnelli's office in Paris.<br />

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