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