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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 ...

Pacanovsky, Jezchel
Birth - Death : 1900-1967
Nationality : Polish
Painter.
Pacanowska, Felicja
Birth - Death : 1907 or 1915-2002
Nationality : Polish
Born in Lodz, into a family of artists, Pacanowska studied painting and engraving in Warsaw and went in 1932 to Paris. She then traveled to England and visited Italy, where she studied sculpture. She returned to Lodz between 1935 and 1937 and painted the portrait of the poet Moshe Broderson. Back in Paris, she spent the war years in hiding to escape arrest. She traveled again to Italy after the war and was awarded the Viareggio Prize in 1954. Pacanowska exhibited her works in Paris, Lodz, Rome, London, Israel and the U.S from 1935 until the late 1980s. The French Museum of Modern Art and the French National Library acquired some of her works in 1962.
Pacanowski, Boleslaw (Benjamin)
Birth - Death : 1901 - After 1966
Nationality : Polish
Painter.
Pacheco, Francisco
Birth - Death : 1564-1654
Nationality : Spanish
Pacheco painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Paciak, Wladyslaw
Birth - Death : 1903-1983
Nationality : Polish
Paciak painted many Judaic portraits and scenes during his career in Poland.
Paff, Bashka
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Ukrainian then American
Sculptor. Paff settled in the U.S during his childhood and studied at the School of Fine Arts in Boston as well as in Paris.
Pagani, Gregorio
Birth - Death : 1558-1605
Nationality : Italian
Gregorio Pagani painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Pagani, Herbert
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Italian
Painter.
Pagani, Paolo
Birth - Death : 1661-1716
Nationality : Italian
This artist painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Pagava, Vera
Birth - Death : 1907-1988
Nationality : Russian
Vera Pagava came in 1923 to Paris, where she frequented the School of Decorative Arts before studying with Bissiere nine years later. Working as an abstract painter she exhibited her works several times in France and abroad, notably in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem in 1960.
Pailes, Isaac
Birth - Death : 1895-1978
Nationality : Ukrainian
Pailes took an interest in sculpture and engraving at 13 and frequented in 1910 the Academy in Kiev where he met I. Ryback and Max Kaganovitch, who was to become his dealer forty years later. He arrived in Paris in 1913 and after coming back to Kiev a year later, he was drafted into the Russian Army. Pailes however, soon deserted and sought refuge in Turkey before returning in 1919 to France, where he befriended Kikoine and Isaac Dobrinsky. He then gave up sculpture for painting in 1920 and took part in many Salons in Paris showing landscapes and still lives. During the Second World War, Pailes lived in hiding in the Pyrenees and in the Auvergne regions before joining a French Resistance group of fighters. Back in Paris, after the war he started to paint abstract works in 1948.
Pailes, Isaac
Birth - Death : 1895-1978
Nationality : Ukrainian
Pailes settled in Paris in 1919 after studying sculpture in Kiev. He chiefly dedicated himself to painting from 1920 and took part in many Salons in Paris showing landscapes and still lifes.
Paini, Lotus de Baroness
Birth - Death : 1862-1953
Nationality : Italian
Lotus de Paini exhibited her paintings in Bucharest in 1894 and came three years later to Paris, where she showed her works, mostly portraits and nudes, at the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts. She traveled to Ceylon, India and Tibet around 1904 and exhibited paintings produced there at the Musee Guimet in 1908. In 1930, she visited Palestine. She also was known as a writer and philosopher.
Pajzan, David
Birth - Death : 19th Century
Nationality : Hungarian
Portrait painter. Pajzan worked between 1840 and 1850 in Gyonk and Nagykoros and from 1857 in Budapest.
Pakele, Tom
Birth - Death : 20th - 21st Century
Nationality : American
Pakele has been producing ceramic Jewish ritual objects.
Paker, Seza
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Turkish
Working as a photographer in Paris and in Istanbul, Paker notably offered one of her prints for an auction sale held in Paris on December 28th 2002 in favour of the Appel Unifie Juif de France organisation.
Palanski Abraham. S
Birth - Death : 1890-?
Nationality : Polish then American
Painter. Shortly after the outbreak of Word War Two, Palanski moved to Los Angeles where he was active until the early 1960s.
Palatnik, Abraham
Birth - Death : 1928-
Nationality : Brazilian
Palatnik studied painting in Tel Aviv under Aaron Avni and Shor as well as sculpture with Sternschuss. Interested in Kinetic art, he worked in Latin America from 1950 and produced works combining chromatic images shown on a screen.
Paldi, Israel
Birth - Death : 1892-1979
Nationality : Ukrainian then Israeli
Paldi was one of those early artists who sought their new path by identification with the singular life and living of Israel, both its Oriental and modern aspects, yet by looking at them through the eyes of an Expressionist painter. Born in the Ukraine, he immigrated in 1909 and attended the Bezalel School of Art in Jerusalem. Paldi pursued his studies in Munich and joined during the 1930s a group of artists who sought to free themselves of the local ideology and base painting on purely formal and chromatic values. In the 1950s, Paldi created coloured relief paintings with flowing, amorphous-abstract forms. Toward the end of the 1970s, he began to integrate imaginary motifs drawn from the animal and floral world, frequently also depicting exotic-looking birds. Paldi was a recipient of the Dizengoff Prize in 1943 and 1957.
Paldi, Kati
Birth - Death : Active during the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Hungarian then Israeli
Sculptor. Kati Paldi survived the Holocaust and immigrated to Israel in 1948.
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