Country: USA
City: New York
Museum/Gallery: The Gallery at 200 Lexington
Artist: Jeremiah Goodman
Year: 1922-2017



“A portrait of a room,” should express the personality of the person
who lives there—whose character has shaped it.
                                                                    Jeremiah Goodman

Diana-Vreeland,-Park-Avenue-Sitting-Room,-2000_950_wDiana Vreeland “Garden in Hell” Living Room. New York. Designed by Billy Baldwin . Gouache & mixed media on illustration board. 29.5 x 25.5 inches. 1985.

Jeremiah captured Diana Vreeland’s personality in the portrait of her living room


Diana Vreeland on her living room said:
“Red is the great clarifier — bright, cleansing, revealing. It makes all colors beautiful. I can’t imagine being bored with it — it would be like becoming tired of the person you love. I wanted this apartment to be a garden — but it had to be a garden in hell”.

 Diana Vreeland (1903-1989) was  fashion editor of Harper’s Bazaar, Vreeland commanded and reshaped the content of fashion journalism. Later, she became the editor-in-chief of Vogue and curator on Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York.


1952, the beginning of
Jeremiah’s successful career

Irving Jeremiah Goodman was born on Oct. 22, 1922, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., to Louis Goodman and the former Anna Cohen, Jewish immigrants from Russia.
He moved to New York to continue his studies and soon caught the attention of Joseph B. Platt, a prominent decorator and set designer for Broadway. After a short period in Hollywood Jeremiah returns to New York to settle in the city forever.
From 1952 onwards he worked as an illustrator for Lord & Taylor, Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue, and creating the monthly covers of Interior Design Magazine. 
In parallel with this commercial activity, Jeremías made portraits of interiors depicting the homes of friends and celebrities in the world of design, entertainment and politics such as Carolina Herrera, Diana Vreeland, Elsa Peretti, Greta Garbo, Ronald and Nancy Reagan or Wallis Simpson, the duchess of Windsor. 
Jeremiah’s art to represent the projects generated commissions from leading decorators such as Mario Buatta and Dorothy Draper, industrial designers such as Raymond Loewy and leading architects such as Philip Johnson and I.M.Pei.  Image: Jeremiah Goodman at age 30 (1952)


Illustrations of handbags for Lord & Taylor
Gouache & mixed media on illustration board. 1957.  Size: 22.5 x 20.5 inches


Dining room, 19 Rue de Constantine, Paris, France
Don Carlos de Beistegui, collector & interior designer
Gouache & mixed media on illustration board, 1960, Size: 24.5 x 30.25 inches


Miles Redd, the decorator, observes
“His work had a silky-smooth quality,”   “The brushstrokes seemed to almost float on top,
helping to reinforce the shape and form underneath.”

Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli, salon, Lake Garda, Italy
Designed by Pamela Babey for Bob Burns. Gouache & mixed media on illustration board, 1998, Size: 27 x 34 inches


Says interior decorator Bunny Williams
“No one captured the magic of the great interiors of the past like Jeremiah Goodman,” 
“I will treasure the few pieces I have of his forever.”

Living room, Murray Hill, New York City 
Busser Howell, artist. Acrylic on canvas, 1999, Size: 25.25 x 31.5 inches

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Architectural Digest quoted Bunny Williams, the interior decorator, as saying,
“No one captured the magic of the great interiors of the past like Jeremiah Goodman.”

Bedroom for Elsa Peretti, jewelry designer & philanthropist

Barcelona, Spain. Gouache & mixed media on illustration board. 2000, Size: 25 x 31 inches


“Monster” fireplace, tower living room, Porto Ercole, Italy
Designed by Renzo Mongiardino for Elsa Peretti, jewelry designer & philanthropistGouache & mixed media on illustration board. 2000, Size: 25.25 x 30.25 inches


“Jeremiah’s work represents the essential of what I dreamed; he was able to find the real soul
of a place that, after his work, becomes richer and more spiritual. Jeremiah was a very
powerful magician, feeling the atmosphere and capturing it like no one I know.”
Elsa Peretti

Drawing room, Holmby Hills, Bel-Air, Los Angeles 
Designed by Billy Haines for Betsy Bloomingdale, socialite & philanthropist.Gouache & mixed media on illustration board. 2000, Size: 17 x 14 inches


Decorator Frank di Biasi observes
“More glamorous than they were even in person!”

Drawing room, 16 Cowley Street, Westminster, London 
Sir John Gielgud, actor & director
Gouache & mixed media on illustration board, 2004; Size: 25.25 x 28.25 inches


Jeremiah’s interior portraits are evocative of the era and suggest details
that allow us to identify fabrics, textures, furniture styles…

Bedroom, East 53rd Street, New York City

Rose Cumming, Antiquair & Interior Designer
Gouache & mixed media on illustration board. 2004, Size:24x 28 inches


Recalls architect Lee Mindel, who profiled Goodman in 2014
“He added wit, charm, light, romance, glamour, and a sense of history to everything.”

Living room, “Cherryfields,” Mendham, New Jersey

John Dransfield & Geoffrey Ross, designers. Gouache & mixed media on illustration Board. 2005, Size: 22×26 inches


An amazing mastery of perspective and light effects allow Jeremiah
to create the feeling of environments with a unique personality

Drawing room, East 66th Street, New York City 
Designed by Elsie Cobb Wilson for Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius N. Bliss Jr., philanthropistsGouache & mixed media on illustration board. 2009, Size:23 x 26 inches


Sensitivity and art, but also a deep knowledge of styles and materials.
Jeremiah paints what he knows

Drawing room, East 66th Street, New York City
Designed by Elsie Cobb Wilson for Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius N. Bliss Jr., philanthropistsGouache & mixed media on illustration board. 2009, Size:23 x 26 inches



The covers for Interior Design Magazine

Beginning with his first cover illustration in 1957, Jeremiah was instrumental in shaping the experience of the magazine’s readers for almost 15 years.

Each month he would discuss the image to be featured on the cover with the magazine’s editor, Sherman Emery, then present a drawing for approval to art director Alberto Gavasci.

Jeremiah said, “I was given complete creative latitude. It was a fantastic experience—it always is when people put their faith in you. Each cover was based on a photograph. It was nice because my drawings would help hide all the sins that a photograph might highlight. In 1987 when Stanley Abercrombie took over the editorship of Interior Design he inducted Jeremiah into it’s prestigious Hall of Fame.

How much was he paid for each cover? “First $50, and then it went up to I think $75, which at the time was pretty good. Eventually, my work got noticed by designers all over the country.”
Image: Cover of the month of November 1964



Dean Rhys Morgan
Mr. Goodman’s curator and friend

“In a digital age, Jeremiah reminded us what the hand could achieve before it was replaced by the eye of photography,” 

“His paintings perpetuate the European tradition of producing precisely drawn records of rooms and their furnishings. It’s a genre that had its heyday before the advent of photography but remains relevant when practiced by a hand that has the skill to reveal something of the inner voice of a room.” “The resulting picture, while not always a documentary record of a room’s precise architecture and detail.”


A retrospective exhibition of 100 works by Jeremiah Goodman will be presented at The Gallery at 200 Lex runs from September 13th, 2018 until October 12th 2018.



Author: Dean Rhys Morgan
Foreword by Nicky Haslam
Foreword by Elsa Peretti
Afterword by Miles Redd

Published by powerHouse Books,
Brookling, New York

Size, 11-9/10 x 14-1/2 inches
Number of Pages, 208
Hard Cover
First edition, 2018
Library of Congress Control Number: 2018950291
ISBN 978-1-57687-887-3
Price: $85  
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Inducted to the prestigious Interior Design Hall of Fame in 1987 Jeremiah Goodman has long been revered within the interior design community for his ability to infuse static rooms with warmth and personality. For almost seven decades his stylish and studied brushstrokes have chronicled the homes of powerbrokers in the upper reaches of the fashion and decorating worlds. Names like Bruce Weber, Carolina Herrera, Red Krakoff, and Tony Duquette populate a client list that reads like a page from Who’s Who.
Jeremiah: Inspired Interiors chronicles Goodman’s life and work, drawing on paintings and photographs taken from his own extensive archive. More than mere illustrations, his paintings interpret and inspire, conveying how a space is experienced through the eyes of an artist. Jeremiah can evoke a brocade-upholstered chair or a Baroque mirror with a few calligraphic brushstrokes that both describe and animate. Indeed, so evocative and full of particularized information are Jeremiah’s paintings that they form a unique record of the work of many of the great design personalities of the past half century. Simply put, Jeremiah’s work comprises the best record of America’s greatest interiors.