Eisenstat, Benjamin

Benjamin Eisenstat, Professor Emeritus of the Philadelphia College of Art, received national recognition for his depictions of Philadelphia's historic landmarks and for his landscape paintings.  Born in Philadelphia in 1915, he studied at the Graphic Sketch Club (now the Fleisher Art Memorial), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and at the Barnes Foundation.

In addition to having over 30 one-man shows, Eisenstat exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, American Watercolor Society, National Academy of Design, Chicago Art Institute, Cleveland Museum, Detroit Institute of Art, Pennsylvania Academy Of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Springfield Museum.

In 1975, the Philadelphia Inquirer described his works as "songs sung to the buildings of downtown Philadelphia, for which Eisenstat obviously has great fondness."

He received the Harrison Morris Watercolor Prize from the Pennsylvania Academy three times; the Thornton Oakley Prize, and the Annual Medal of Achievement, both from the Philadelphia Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Club; First Prize, Philadelphia Art Director's Annual; and the Frances Sayer Purchase Prize.

Eisenstat was a member of the American Watercolor Society, Philadelphia Watercolor Club, and Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Artists Equity, and the Philadelphia Art Alliance.  He taught at the Philadelphia College of Art for over 30 years as a Professor and Co-Chairman of the Illustration Department.

Eisenstat received commissions from the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company, First Bank of New Jersey, Burlington County Trust Company, Ford Motor Company, and Squibb Inc., among many others.

He illustrated and wrote articles for the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Saturday Review of Literature, Hearst Publications, and the Christian Science Monitor.

His paintings are in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fleisher Art Memorial, the United States Maritime Commission, Woodmere Art Museum, Jefferson Hospital, and the Industrial Valley Bank.

The artist died in Palo Alto, California, in August of 2001 at the age of 86.