Arthur Polonsky

June 6, 1925April 4, 2019

POLONSKY, Arthur, of Newton, was entered into rest on April 4, 2019 at 93 years of age. He was a renowned and highly influential Boston painter and teacher. Former husband of Lois Tarlow of Newton. Devoted father of Eli Wolf Polonsky of Somerville, D.L. Polonsky of Allston, and Gabriel Emanuel Polonsky of Belmont. Loving brother of the late Shirley Semigran. Dear son of the late Benjamin and the late Celia Polonsky (Hurwitz). Memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, 1668 Beacon Street, BROOKLINE. Friends are invited to gather in the chapel foyer at 2:00 PM for conversation and a slideshow of his life and work. The memorial service will begin at 2:30 in the main chapel. Following the service, guests are invited to join friends and family at Evans Park Assisted Living, 430 Centre Street, Newton Corner, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to support the completion of Release from Reason, a documentary film currently in production about the life and work of Arthur Polonsky, by visiting: or you may click the link below under 'donations.'

For more information on Arthur, please visit:

“Artist Arthur Polonsky, Last of the Boston Expressionists” Berkshire Fine Arts On-Line By Charles Giuliano, April, 7, 2019:

“Arthur Polonsky, 2008 Danforth Museum of Art Retrospective Catalog with essay and biography:

“Release From Reason, The Life and Work of Arthur Polonsky” A documentary film currently in production by Arthur’s son, Emmy nominated Director, Gabriel Polonsky:


23 April

Memorial Service

2:30 pm

Stanetsky Memorial Chapels

1668 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02445


Arthur Polonsky

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lawrence strauss

April 8, 2019

My sympathies to the Polonsky family. As his student, he taught me a couple things: He taught me about an openness to the opinions of all -- he would politely observe and listen to us 18-year-olds (and, if we were lucky, skewer us in a pencil drawing). In other classes, we were told to make art, not illustration. He taught that all pictures are illustrations -- "look at Rembrandt,” he offered. He suggested I read Bronstein that situated me in belief in/pursuit of the feminine manifestation of God. He taught me about ways of achieving depth in pictures — Asian contrasts and railroad tracks. He taught me about making pictures with earnest faith despite a culture of cynicism. I look forward to getting him going on any subject (cheese?) in the world to come