Felix Lembersky is a major artist; he is a man of independent views and courageous actions; he lived an extraordinary life—and he deserves to have a prominent place in the history of art.”
Dr. Irina Karasik, senior art historian, the Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Dialog Iskusstv, 2010
This magnificently produced volume [Felix Lembersky 1913-1970. Paintings and Drawings] is an example of what we call in Hebrew tehiyat ha-metim; it brings [the artist] and his remarkable work back from the dead. I feel certain that Lembersky will assume his rightful place in the history of twentieth-century Russian Jewish art. His creativity and his courage should serve as exemplars to all who value art and freedom.
Dr. Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University, 2012
Felix Lembersky is an artist whose high quality of work deserves to be known by a larger audience and this volume [Felix Lembersky. Paintings and Drawings] will go some distance in helping him to gain the recognition that he merits. … The smoothness with which Lembersky traversed the territory between official and unofficial circles and styles, between realism and semi-abstraction, between a subdued and an explosive palette – and the manner in which he moved between straightforward narrative and subtle, metaphorical expression – is stunning.
Dr. Ori Z Soltes, historian of Jewish art and theology Georgetown University, Ars Judaica, 2011
It is palpably apparent to me that Felix Lembersky’s work, particularly his portraits and images of people from the last three decades of his life, reflects an extraordinarily powerful impulse to transform his viewers, to touch them in ways that renew their sensitivity to each other and to the world in which they live. To move them to a higher state, to a state of transcendence evoked by sympathetic response to beauty and a universal desire for happiness. This impulse as manifested in his paintings is an essential part of the tradition one finds most often in the work of Russian artists and writers.
Dr. Joe Troncale, historian of Russian art and literature, University of Richmond, 2011; “Fractal Surfaces in Lembersky’s Art,” essay for Faces of Revival. Postwar Russian in the art of Felix Lembersky, 2011
Lembersky’s most compelling work deals, ultimately, with human experience. He confronts the horrific massacre at Babi Yar, the freezing, starving Leningrad, and what might be seen as the ordinary suffering of workers. …[B]ecause he accepted the artist’s discipline and responsibility as witness and conscience for his time, he kept his integrity and made his images universal.
Dr. Alison Hilton, historian of Russian art, Georgetown University symposium, Boston University, 2011
Felix Lembersky's life and work shows that the standard distinction between official and non- conformists artists that defines Soviet art of the 1960s is too simple. He also shows that being a
Dr. David Shneer, historian, University of Colorado, 2012
“These works stand as a mute reminder of the devastation of wars” “Fabulous collection with a very compelling and timely mission” “Vibrant, moving, thank you for making this possible” “…was an honor to see these paintings”
From guestbook at Faces of Babi Yar in Felix Lembersky’s Art (The Rose Museum, Brandeis) and Faces of Revival: Postwar Russia in the Art of Felix Lembersky (Rubin- Frankel Gallery, Boston University), 2011