Edward Boccia, a Washington University in St. Louis professor emeritus of art who wrote poetry and taught painting for decades, has died, the school reported on its website. The Webster Groves resident was 91.
Quoting from the WUSTL report:
"Though Boccia’s early works were in the Abstract Expressionist mode, his mature style might be described as 'figurative expressionism' and often depicted mythical and Christian imagery. He was deeply influenced by the work of Max Beckmann, to which he was introduced by Morton (Buster) D. May, head of the May Department Stores Company and major art collector. Over the years, May amassed extensive collections of works by both Beckmann and Boccia."