Jake Berthot (1939-2014)

Jake Berthot, Round Top, 2008-09, oil on linen, 40 x 53 1/4 inches (courtesy Bet
Jake Berthot, Round Top, 2008-09, oil on linen, 40 x 53 1/4 inches (courtesy Betty Cuningham Gallery)

Elisa Jensen remembers painter Jake Berthot (1939-2014) who passed away on December 30, 2014.

Jensen concludes: "With Jake’s passing on December 30 we have lost a wonderful man, and a brilliant artist. But the paintings that he used his freedom to create continue to live among us. As Auden wrote in his elegy for Yeats: “…he became his admirers. Now he is scattered over a hundred cities, and wholly given over to unfamiliar affections…” We will miss the man no small amount, and for no short time. But Jake, as a painter, has, indeed, become his admirers, and there are enough of us who feel an altogether familiar affection for his work to be certain that his accomplishments will be celebrated for a long, long time to come."