While most can only imagine the lavish living quarters filledwith fine china, dramatic drapery, and regal furniture that liebehind the iron-clad gates of the most exclusive addresses inAmerica, Jeremiah Goodman has had the rare opportunity toenter and paint his impressions of the residences of the richand famous for the past 54 years. Goodman's expressivewatercolors not only act as an archive of interior designfor the second half of the 20th century, but also provide aglimpse into the artist's unique ability to infuse a depictionof domestic space with a sense of drama and emotionsecond only to being there. In addition to making art basedon the interiors, Goodman painted studies for rooms-to-be,creating the beautiful plans on which the rooms themselveswould be based.
Jeremiah: A Romantic Vision is a 208-page retrospective ofGoodman's career, with over 80 plates of Goodman's work,photos and ephemera from his life, and reflections fromGoodman himself. Over the span of his career, Goodman hasmade renderings of the homes of such influential icons asPresident Ronald and First Lady Nancy Reagan; legendarytheatre personas Mary Martin, Sir John Gielgud, and RichardRodgers; Baron and Baroness Philippe de Rothschild; jewelrydesigner Elsa Peretti; Greta Garbo; Cecil Beaton; BetsyBloomingdale; the Duchess of Windsor; fashion designersElsa Schiaparelli and Bill Blass; Vogue editor-in-chief andfashion icon Diana Vreeland; interior designers Billy Baldwinand Mario Buatta; and famed photographer Bruce Weber; inaddition to illustrating rooms for House and Garden, The NewYork Times Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and Interior Design,a publication for which Goodman illustrated each month'scover for 15 years. With an introduction by playwright EdwardAlbee, Jeremiah: A Romantic Vision offers a rare look at a truelife of grandeur.
Jeremiah Goodman, 1922–2017, had an unwavering passion for architecture, theater, design, and interiors. Goodman illustrated buildings and interiors for the leading personalities, architects, and interior designers of his day. His work has been collected by such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper Hewitt Museum, and the New Britain Museum of American Art, and such individuals as Nan Bush and Bruce Weber, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Nancy and Ronald Reagan, and Mary Rodgers Guettel. His first monograph, Jeremiah: A Romantic Vision, was published by powerHouse in 2007.