Bernard Safran (1924-1995) was an American high realist painter known for his penetrating portraits. His many covers for TIME Magazine were seen by millions, and included portraits of Queen Elizabeth, Pope John XXIII, and Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.
After leaving TIME in 1965, Safran painted a sweeping series of works chronicling daily life in his hometown New York City. In addition to the paintings, Safran took thousands of unposed photographs documenting public life in the city.
In his late forties he moved his family to a remote farmhouse in eastern Canada, and over the next 20 years created a parallel series of paintings of rural working life.
At right: Self portrait, 1974, detail of a colored pencil drawing.