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Around Jewish Art

The seemingly effortless process by which a suitable title is selected for an encyclopedia such as this became exponentially more complex and difficult as I explored the available options and heard the mounting arguments from all sides. Finding the right mix of words was crucial. After pondering the subject for several months in an effort to arrive at the best possible title, I finally opted for "Around Jewish Art."

PART I
Artists of Jewish Extraction Who Did Not Paint Judaic Scenes

PART 2
List of artists of Jewish extraction who painted Jewish scenes or whose works came to reflect their attachment to their roots.


PART III
There were also some non-Jewish artists who painted Judaic and Jewish scenes or went to work in Palestine and those who exhibited in Jewish institutions and museums as well as others who have not been identified as being Jewish for sure.

PART IV
Sculptors and medallists
Probably because of a reference in the Bible to Abraham destroying statues of pagan gods, Jewish artists refrained from producing sculptures representing humans until at least the 19th Century. It was only after 1880, when many Jews benefited from the emancipation process in Central and Eastern Europe that they felt inclined to turn to this form of art.
Many Jewish artists worked as sculptors during the 19th and 20th Century, some of them became quite famous like Chana Orlov, Jacques Lipchitz, Elie Nadelman or Jacob Epstein among others.


A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z ...

B.H.F
Birth - Death : Active between 1865 and 1885
Nationality : British?
This unidentified photographer worked in Palestine in 1877.
Babel, Eugenia
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Ukrainian
Painter. Babel worked in Paris during the 1920s.
Baber, Alice
Birth - Death : 1958-
Nationality : American
One of Baber's paintings is on permanent display at the National Museum of Israel.
Bacchiaca, Francesco Ubertini Verdi called Il Bacchiaca
Birth - Death : 1494 or 1495-1557
Nationality : Italian
This artist painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Bacciarelli, Marcello
Birth - Death : 1731-1818
Nationality : Italian
Bacciarelli painted some Judaic portraits in Italy.
Baccouche, Helene
Birth - Death : Active during the first half of the 20th Century
Nationality : French
Bacchouche exhibited a painting representing a scene in Algiers at the 1938 Salon d'Automne in Paris.
Bach, Carl-Daniel then David Friedrich
Birth - Death : 1756-1829
Nationality : German
Bach was the son of a Jewish merchant. He studied painting in Potsdam and then worked in Warsaw for Count Ossolinsky. Bach also worked as a sculptor.
Bacher, Rozsi
Birth - Death : 1897-?
Nationality : Hungarian
Painter.
Bachi, Augusto
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Italian
Painter.
Bachi, Raphael
Birth - Death : 18th Century
Nationality : Italian
Painter.
Bacon, Yehuda
Birth - Death : 1929-
Nationality : Czech then Israeli
Painter and graphic artist. Bacon was detained at thirteen in Theresienstadt with his father. He produced works there after receiving lessons from Leo Haas, Otto Ungar and Karel Fleischmann who were detained with him. Only about 100 of the 13,000 children sent to Theresienstadt survived. In December 1943, Yehuda Bacon was transferred to Auschwitz, where his father died while he survived the Holocaust and immigrated to Palestine after the war. He then studied at the Bezalel Academy of Jerusalem before teaching there. Bacon exhibited his works in Israel, Europe and the U.S while some of his post-war drawings notably served as evidence in the trial of Adolf Eichmann.
Baderna, Bartolomeo
Birth - Death : Active between 1655 and 1685
Nationality : Italian
Baderna painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Baener, Johann Alexander
Birth - Death : Active during the early 17th Century
Nationality : German
Printmaker. Baener notably produced prints showing the Jewish marketplace of Furth.
Baer, Rod
Birth - Death : 1951-
Nationality : American
Sculptor.
Bagel, Moses Bahelfer called Bagel
Birth - Death : 1908-1995
Nationality : Lithuanian then French
Born in Wilno, Bagel was linked at 17 to the “Jung Wilno” group of Jewish artists. He then studied art in Munich with Klee and Kandinsky at the Bauhaus School between 1928 and 1932 before settling in 1933 in Paris, where he produced decors for the Paris Yiddish Theatre and illustrated books. During the war, Bagel sought refuge in Toulouse and produced false identity papers for the French resistance movement. Back in Paris in 1945, he worked for several Yiddish periodicals and produced a series of paintings commemorating the 100th anniversary of Sholem Aleichem's birth date.
Baglione, Giovanni
Birth - Death : 1571-1644
Nationality : Italian
This artist painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Baharier, Daniel
Birth - Death : Active from the last third of the 20th Century
Nationality : British then Israeli
Painter. Baharier settled in Israel in 1980.
Baitler, Zoma
Birth - Death : 1908-?
Nationality : Lithuanian
Baitler studied at the School of Decorative Arts of Kovno between 1922 and 1927. Working as an Impressionist artist, he then went to Uruguay and settled there permanently. He founded a studio in 1933 and worked under the influence of Joaquin Torres-Garcia. Baitler visited Europe and Israel in 1953 and exhibited his works in Barcelona and Venice in 1948 and 1960.
Baizerman, Saul
Birth - Death : 1889-1957
Nationality : Russian then American
Born in Vitebsk, Chagall's hometown, Baizerman was first employed as a model at the Academy of Fine Art of Odessa. He then went to the U.S in 1910 and studied sculpture in New York. He came to France after his wedding and then visited Italy and London, where his first exhibition took place in 1924. Baizerman exhibited his works, mainly bronze relief pieces depicting monumental nudes, regularly in New York from 1933 and had a retrospective exhibition held in 1958 at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Nearly all his earlier work before 1931 was destroyed by fire.
Bak, Samuel
Birth - Death : 1933-
Nationality : Lithuanian then Israeli
Born in Wilno Vilna
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