Familial Art

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Artists are supposed to live the single life in Paris, New York, the South Seas, or even Giverny to cultivate their genius. But Esther and Michael Eder have done just the opposite.

Esther Eder stopped painting to get married and raise seven children and then ultimately was inspired by her son Michael to pick up her brushes again. She uses exuberant colors to paint landscapes and portraits that look like a kind of cross between Matisse and Cezanne.

Michael spends several days a week teaching art to children and learning from their enthusiasm and frankness. His work tends to the abstract, and he draws on unlikely sources like Boston’s Big Dig construction project for inspiration.

Over the years, Esther has marked her son with her self-confidence and her daring use of color; and Michael has challenged his mother to play with perspective.

A mother-son artistic collaboration is on this hour.
(Hosted by Christopher Lydon)


Esther and Michael Eder, artists.