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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."

Artists of Jewish Extraction Who Did Not Paint Judaic Scenes

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

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.

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.

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Yael (Katz-Farin)
Birth - Death : 1929-
Nationality : Israeli
Painter. She studied at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv and furthered her studies in Paris.
Yafit, Malka
Birth - Death : 1954-
Nationality : Israeli
Yaini or Yamini, Pnina
Birth - Death : 1906-?
Nationality : Russian then Israeli
Pnina Yaini immigrated to Palestine in 1925 and later studied painting with Marcel Janco, Zaretski, Stematsky and Streichmann. She exhibited her works in Israel mainly.
Yakhilevich, Michael
Birth - Death : 1956-
Nationality : Russian then Israeli
Born in Moscow, Yakhilevich studied art from 1963 until 1970 with his grandfather Meir Axelrod Akselrod
Yakoulov or Yakulov, Gueorgui Bogdanovitch
Birth - Death : 1884-1928
Nationality : Georgian
Yakoulov studied at the Moscow Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture between 1900 and 1902 in Moscow and took part in some avant-garde exhibitions there from 1907 after showing a keen interest in Chinese art. He then visited Italy in 1910 and Paris, where he befriended Robert Delaunay. Back in Russia in 1914, Yakoulov taught at the Vkhutemas in Moscow in 1918. He exhibited Constructivist paintings in Berlin and in Paris during the 1920s and made many experiments on colours and light. Yakoulov also worked as a theatre decorator, notably for the Jewish Habima Theatre and for the Diaghilev Russian Ballets.
Yakovlev, Vladimir Igorevich
Birth - Death : 1934-
Nationality : Russian
Yakovlev studied to a be a professional photograph retoucher but was hampered by a serious eye disease. From his childhood, he tried to work in gouache and watercolor and became seriously involved in painting when he saw Western works in 1957 at the Festival of Youth in Moscow. The same year Yakolev created his first abstract work and shortly thereafter he turned to painting portraits and flowers. He had a solo exhibition in 1962 in Moscow and exhibited with Shteinberg at the Dostoyevsky Museum in 1963 and at MOSSKH in 1968. Since 1970, Yakovlev participated in various exhibitions in Russia and abroad, including a solo show at the Tel Aviv Museum in 1972. Although he has not painted during the last decade, Yakovlev's works have been included in various group exhibitions.
Yalom, Reid
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : American
Reid Yalom has been working as a photographer in San Francisco where he has produced portraits and architectural photos. He showed his works at the Vision Gallery in Jerusalem.
Yamin, Itzhak
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Yanai, Adina
Birth - Death : 1943-
Nationality : Israeli
Yanai studied art at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem and taught in Chile and at the Israel Museum of Jerusalem in 1971. She has produced abstract serigraphs chiefly.
Yanive, Claire
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Iraqi then Israeli
After settling down in 1928 in Palestine, Claire Yanive studied painting under Yitzhak Frenkel between 1939 and 1941 and then under Stematsky and Streichman in Tel Aviv up to the War of Independence. She was among the founders of the Ein-Hod Artists village and of the group of Ten. Yanive took part in many exhibitions in Israel.
Yankel (Kikoine), Jacob called Jacques Yankel
Birth - Death : 1920-
Nationality : French
Son of Michel Kiko‹ne, he briefly studied painting in 1938 in Paris before seeking refuge in Toulouse, where he studied geology during the Second World War. He seriously devoted himself to painting in 1950 and took part from 1952 in several exhibitions in Paris and abroad, notably in Tel Aviv in 1966. Influenced by Gruber, Lorjou and Buffet, he produced works that moved from pure Expressionism to Abstract Expressionism in the early 1960s. Yankel painted a few Jewish scenes during his career.
Yankilevsky, Vladimir
Birth - Death : 1938-
Nationality : Russian
Yankilevsky first studied art with his father before he graduated from the Moscow Institute of Graphic Arts in 1962, the year he took part in his first exhibition with the Belyutin Studio Group. Yankilevsky became a member of the Sretensky Boulevard group, which included Kabakov, Bulatov, Pivovarov and Shteinberg but his work was criticised by Soviet leader Nikita KhrushcHev. Widely included in exhibitions in Western Europe from the mid 1970s through the 1990s, he had begun producing triptychs in the early 1960s to express human being's place in the cosmos in a derisive way. Yankilevsky has had solo exhibitions in 1988 in Bochum, a German town where he settled, the Dina Vierny Gallery in 1990, the Paris Art Center and the Centre d'Art Contemporain in 1991 and 1994.
Yardeni, Yehezekiel
Birth - Death : 1934-
Nationality : Argentinean then Israeli
Yardeni studied art in Buenos Aires before settling in Israel in 1952. He completed his studies with Yehiel Shemi and at the Saint Martin School of Art of London between 1960 and 1963. He became Henry Moore's personal assistant until 1965 before teaching at the Saint Martin School and in Kent until 1970. Yardeni then taught in Oranim and at the Center of Visual Arts of Beersheva and also studied with Dov Feigin. He exhibited his works in London and in Israel.
Yarguz, Lazar
Birth - Death : 1928-
Nationality : Russian
Yaskil, Amos
Birth - Death : 1935-
Nationality : Israeli
Yaskil started to paint at 10 and was then hailed as a wonder child. In his works he combined the impressions of the Sea of Galilee landscapes in which he lived under the influence of the French Impressionists and of the German “Die Brucke” artists.
Yaskolska, Rena
Birth - Death : Active during the second half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Yatsiv, Eti
Birth - Death : Active during the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Yaziv, Juda
Birth - Death : Active during the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Yehuda, Simha Bar
Birth - Death : 13th Century
Nationality : German
Yehuda worked as a scribe in Worms. He produced many illuminated prayer books during part of the 13th Century.
Yehudayan, Shlomo
Birth - Death : 1937-
Nationality : Iranian then Israeli
Painter. Yehudayan immigrated to Israel in 1950 and studied art with Yosef Schwartzman in Tel Aviv and at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. A curator at the Safed Museum of Printed Arts, he took part in many exhibitions in Israel.
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