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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 ...

H. P.
Birth - Death : 19th Century
Nationality : Polish
This unidentified artist painted some works depicting Jewish scenes in Poland.
Haag, Carl
Birth - Death : 1820-1915
Nationality : German
Haag produced scenes of the Holy Land.
Haan, Reymer de
Birth - Death : Active circa 1750
Nationality : Dutch
De Haan worked as a silversmith in The Hague and notably produced Judaic artifacts. A Hanukkah lamp he made is now exhibited in the Jewish Museum in New York.
Haansbergen, Johannes
Birth - Death : 1642-1705
Nationality : Dutch
Haansbergen painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Haardt (Brodnicki), Georges Jerzy van called Haardt
Birth - Death : 1907-1980
Nationality : Polish
Painter. Haardt lived in Palestine between 1942 and 1950 before settling in Paris.
Haas, Jacob
Birth - Death : Active during the early 19th Century
Nationality : German?
Jacob Haas notably produced in 1820 a watercolor titled “Mizrah”.
Haas, Leo
Birth - Death : 1901-1983
Nationality : Czech
Leo Haas studied art in Opava, Moravia, between 1907 and 1919. He then went to Karlsruhe and in Berlin until 1924. Influenced by German Expressionists and Toulouse-Lautrec he worked as an illustrator in Vienna and worked in Opava between 1926 and 1938 as a painter, illustrator and stage designer. After the German invasion of Czechoslovakia he was arrested and deported to Nisko and then to Ostrava and to Theresienstadt in 1942. He was imprisoned in the Small Fortress after the Nazis accused him of smuggling abroad atrocity propaganda. Deported to Auschwitz, he was eventually transferred to Sachsenhausen, where he produced drawings on that camp. Evacuated in February 1945 to Mathausen, he was then moved to Ebensee, where he was freed by advancing American troops in May 1945. Leo Haas then returned to Czechoslovakia, where he raised and adopted Bedrich Fritta's son Tommy and retrieved over 400 drawings he had hidden in replastered walls in Theresienstadt. These were given to the Terezin Memorial and the State Jewish Museum in Prague. Leo Haas exhibited his works in France, Italy, Austria, Germany, Israel, China and in the U.S. He settled in 1955 in East Berlin, where he taught art
Hababou, Danielle
Birth - Death : 1947-
Nationality : French
Painter. Born in Tunisia, Hababou took part in several exhibitions in France, notably at the Jewish Museum in Paris in 1984. Inspired by biblical themes she painted naive works.
Habbah, Abraham
Birth - Death : 1928-1997
Nationality : French
Habbah produced sculptures with forks in a rather humorous way.
Haber, Shamai
Birth - Death : 1922-
Nationality : Polish then Israeli
Haber studied art in Tel Aviv between 1943 and 1947 and then settled in Paris in 1949. He produced a giant monument in Israel in 1962.
Haber-Beron, Aron
Birth - Death : 1908? -1933
Nationality : Polish
Haber-Beron signed a contract with Zborowski, Modigliani's dealer in Paris, and came to the French capital around 1928. Suffering from a mental illness he was admitted several times in psychiatric clinics before returning to his family home in Lodz, where he reportedly died from a hunger strike. Haber-Beron produced still lives and some portraits during his short career.
Haberman, Irwing
Birth - Death : 1916-
Nationality : American
Photographer.
Habich, Ludwig
Birth - Death : 1872-?
Nationality : German
Sculptor. Habich produced some biblical-related pieces during his career.
Hacker, Maria
Birth - Death : 1889-?
Nationality : Hungarian
Painter.
Hadad Brothers, Haim and Hagziel
Birth - Death : Established in 1965
Nationality : Israelis
The Hadad brothers have produced silver Judaica pieces in Israel.
Haddad or Hadad, Abraham
Birth - Death : 1937-
Nationality : Iraqi then Israeli
Painter and printmaker. Born in Baghdad, Haddad came with his family to Israel in 1951. He studied painting in Tel Aviv and then frequented the School of Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he settled in 1965 before taking part in many exhibitions there as well as in Tel Aviv. He first worked as an abstract artist before veering to figurative painting creating works filled with a particular atmosphere. This artist once said he liked depicting daily life and defining a presence through human figures with curved forms. He also produced engravings and drawings. Many of his works are on display at the Museum of Haifa and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Hadjadj, Bruno
Birth - Death : 1965-
Nationality : French
Hadjadj studied at the School of Applied Arts in Paris and took part in several exhibitions from 1983 in the French capital, New York, London and Tokyo. Much fascinated by circus themes he has produced many buoyant works showing human figures with large hands or breasts. He has been working as a sculptor.
Hadziewicz, Rafal
Birth - Death : 1803-1886
Nationality : Polish
Hadziewicz painted some Judaic portraits during his career.
Hagalili, Yossef Abu
Birth - Death : Active during the first half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Polish
He produced engravings notably for the Yiddish intellectual and artistic newspaper “Albatros” published in Warsaw between 1922 and 1923.
Hagege, Didier
Birth - Death : 1974-
Nationality : French
Painter.
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