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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 ...

Wabbe, Jakob
Birth - Death : 17th Century
Nationality : Dutch
Wabbe painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Wachenhauser, Arie
Birth - Death : 1917-
Nationality : Polish then Israeli
Painter. After settling in Palestine in 1938, Wachenhauser studied under Aharon Avni in Tel Aviv until 1951. He had several one-man shows from 1941 in Israel, the U.S, Australia and The Netherlands.
Wachtel, Bedrich
Birth - Death : 1892-1992
Nationality : Czech
Bedrich Wachtel lived in Prague before the Second World War. Detained with his family in the ghetto of Theresienstadt he produced drawings and paintings there. In 1944, he was sent to Auschwitz and then to Buchenwald until the end of the war. Bedrich Wachtel later immigrated to Australia.
Wachtel, Wilhelm
Birth - Death : Wilhelm Wachtel was born in Lwow and worked in Vienna, in Munich and in France, where he came around 1910. He moved to New York in 1942 but died shortly after his arrival there. Wilhelm Wachtel produced some Judaic portraits including that of Zionist leader Zeew Zabotynski.
Nationality : Lithuanian then American
Wael, Cornelis de
Birth - Death : 1592-1667
Nationality : Flemish
De Wael painted several biblical scenes during his career.
Wagner, Sandor
Birth - Death : Active during the first half of the 20th Century
Nationality : German
Wagner worked as a painter in Munich.
Wagner, Siegfried
Birth - Death : 1874-1952
Nationality : German
Wagner studied at the Academy in Copenhagen between 1889 and 1896 and from 1897 under J.F Williamson. He notably traveled to Egypt and Spain. He produced tomb sculptures and busts during his career.
Wagner, Zacharias
Birth - Death : 1680? -1733
Nationality : German
Silversmith. Wagner produced some Judaic artifacts, notably Torah shields, one being now exhibited in the New York Jewish Museum.
Wahenhauser, Arie
Birth - Death : Active from the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Painter.
Wahl, Kenneth
Birth - Death : 1956-
Nationality : American
Abstract painter. Wahl exhibited his works from 1978 in New York and in Paris. Wahl notably offered a work titled “Spinal Spray” for an auction sale held in Paris on November 28th 2002 in favour of the Appel Unifie Juif de France organisation.
Wahl, Saul
Birth - Death : 19th -20th Century
Nationality : Polish
Post-Impressionist painter in Poland. Wahl studied in Cracow between 1880 and 1883 and then in Munich. He notably painted a work titled “Uriel Acosta's trial” in 1894.
Walch, Fidelis
Birth - Death : 1830-1915
Nationality : Rumanian
Walch produced portraits mainly.
Wald, Herman
Birth - Death : 1909-?
Nationality : Hungarian then South African
Wald studied in Budapest, Vienna, Paris and London and settled in 1932 in Johannesburg, where he produced a monument titled “Kria” for the Jewish Martyrs in 1946.
Walden, Herwarth
Birth - Death : 1878-1941
Nationality : German
Herwarth Walden founded the art magazine “Der Sturm” and an art gallery, which organized an annual Salon from 1912, the year he showed the works of painters attached to the Blaue Reiter movement. Married to the woman-writer Else Lasker-Schuler between 1901 and 1911 he worked as an amateur painter.
Waldenbourg
Birth - Death : ?-1952?
Nationality : French
She worked as a painter in Paris.
Walker, Jadwiga
Birth - Death : 1905-1971
Nationality : Polish
Landscape painter in Lwow.
Walkowitz, Abraham
Birth - Death : 1880-1965
Nationality : American
Born in Siberia, Walkowitz came with his family to the U.S at a young age. After studying painting at the National Academy of Design in New York and at the Academie Julian in Paris between 1905 and 1907, he first worked under the influence of Edvard Munch and became one of the first painters of the American urban landscape but some months after his return in the U.S he concentrated mainly on drawing. He took part in the Armory Show exhibition in 1913 after he had his first solo show in 1908. Considered as one of the pioneers of Modernism in the U.S Walkowitz produced thousands of drawings based on Cubist and Futurist concepts but was forced to give up his activity after becoming blind in 1930. A retrospective of his works was held at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1949.
Wallach, Leo
Birth - Death : Active from the last third of the 20th Century
Nationality : French
Painter.
Wallenstein (Valsteiner), Carol
Birth - Death : 1795-1858
Nationality : Rumanian
Portrait painter.
Wallersteiner, Yehuda
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Painter.
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