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List of artists of Jewish extraction who painted Jewish scenes or whose works came to reflect their attachment to their roots.
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Mach, Yona
Birth - Death : 1915-
Nationality : German then Israeli
Painter. Yona Mach settled in Palestine and studied painting under J. Steinhardt.
Mafai, Raphael Antonietta
Birth - Death : 1895-1975
Nationality : Lithuanian
Daughter of a rabbi, Antonietta Raphael was born in Kowno and studied music and sculpture in London from 1905. She went in 1924 to Paris, where she befriended Soutine, Chagall, Pascin and Kisling and pursued her studies in Rome a year later. She then married the painter Mario Mafai and founded with him the Roman School in Via Cavour. Much influenced by her Jewish roots, she painted views, still lifes and figures under the influence of Modigliani, Chagall and Soutine.
Magal, Ben-Zion
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Magal, Chaya
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Magen, Analia
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Magid, Shayna
Birth - Death : 20th -21st Century
Nationality : American
Ketubot artist and calligrapher.
Maillet (Mayer), Leo called Maillet
Birth - Death : 1902-1990
Nationality : German then Swiss
Mayer initially trained in banking and retail sales before attending the Frankfurt Art Academy after 1925. He then became a student of Max Beckmann in 1930 and worked in Frankfurt, where he received in 1932 the city's Goethe Prize for an oil painting titled “Street on the Banks of the Main”. When the Nazis assumed power Mayer fled in 1933 to Luxembourg and later to England and Belgium. He settled in Paris in 1935, earning a living as a photographer but exhibiting widely as an artist. At the outbreak of the war, Maillet was briefly interned and fled to southern France, where he hid with his wife without valid papers. Mayer was arrested in a police round-up of Jews in St-Remy-de-Provence in 1942 and escaped. He was however recaptured almost instantly and deported to the camp of “Les Milles” in Aix-en-Provence, where he produced many drawings. He was then sent to Rivesaltes and escaped by jumping off a train near Vierzon during his transfer to Drancy. Suffering from severe bruises, he traveled by night, finding help from priests, who helped him cross the demarcation line into the south. After finding his wife in Tarascon, he was forced to flee into the Cevennes mountains when the Germans occupied the south of France. While his mother was arrested in Frankfurt and subsequently murdered in a Nazi concentration camp, he lived disguised as a shepherd under the name of Leo Maillet, which he kept after the war. In 1943, the Gestapo destroyed his studio in Paris, where most of his oils and etchings from the 1920s and 1930s were stored. Mayer managed to flee to Switzerland in 1944 but was interned again for having crossed the border illegally. Freed by the Swiss authorities in 1945, he studied in Basel and Lausanne and settled in Switzerland, where he notably produced numerous illustrations of Kafka's works. Maillet often exhibited Expressionist paintings, drawings, collages and engravings in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Italy and in the U.S, notably at the “Art of the Holocaust” exhibition held in Washington in 1981.
Maimon, Isaac
Birth - Death : 1951-
Nationality : Israeli
Painter. Maimon attended the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv before pursuing his studies in Paris between 1978 and 1980. Back in Israel he taught at the School of Visual Arts in Beer-Sheva and the Kaye Art Academy and the Ben Gurion University.
Mairovich or Meyrovitz, Zvi
Birth - Death : 1906 or 1911-1974
Nationality : Polish then Israeli
Born in Poland, Mairovich immigrated to Palestine in 1934. He took part in the first “New Horizons” exhibitions in Tel Aviv and was three times a recipient of the Dizengoff Prize. Mairovich lived in Paris in 1949-1950 but only began painting abstracts during the late 1950s.
Majmon, Mojzesz
Birth - Death : 1860-1923
Nationality : Lithuanian
He painted works depicting Jewish scenes during his career.
Malbin, Orsula
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Malka, Moshe
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : French then Israeli
Painter and printmaker. Malka settled in Paris in 1966. He notably took part in an exhibition titled “From Bonnard to Baselitz” in 1992 in Paris.
Malkin, David
Birth - Death : 1910-?
Nationality : Russian
Malkin was the grandson of a calligrapher specialising in the production of Hebrew prayer books. He went to Palestine in 1934 and fought with the British Army in Italy during World War Two and settled in Florence, where he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. He exhibited his works, notably sculptures and abstract paintings, in Jerusalem, Florence, Rome and Paris, where he eventually settled in 1955. He produced abstract works under the influence of Bissiere and turned to the representation of Jewish scenes during the 1970s, notably celebrating Hassidic mysticism. Malkin also painted clowns as well as still lifes and tried to carry out new experiments that led him to total abstraction.
Malnovitzer, Zvi
Birth - Death : 1945-
Nationality : Israeli
Painter. Malnovitzer painted many Jewish scenes in Israel.
Mambouche, Nina
Birth - Death : Active from the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Mamboush or Mambouche, Itzhak Itche
Birth - Death : Active during the second half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Man, Mati
Birth - Death : 1935-
Nationality : Rumanian then Israeli
Painter. He settled in Israel in 1950 and then produced symbolic and surrealistic works.
Mandelzweig, Rafal
Birth - Death : 1908-1956
Nationality : Polish?
This artist notably painted works depicting Jewish scenes.
Mane, Mordechai Cwi
Birth - Death : 1859-1887
Nationality : Lithuanian
Mane worked as a painter in Wilno. He was also a Hebrew poet.
Mane-Katz (Katz), Emanuel (Ohel) called Mane Katz
Birth - Death : 1894-1962
Nationality : Ukrainian then French
Mane-Katz's father worked as a caretaker in a synagogue. Therefore much impregnated with Jewish mysticism, Mane-Katz studied art in Kiev and in Wilno before coming to Paris in 1913. He studied there at the School of Beaux-Arts and befriended Soutine, Kremegne, Kikoine and Chagall. Mane-Katz, who discovered the works of Rembrandt on display in the Louvre museum, returned to Russia during the First World War and worked for the Russian Ballets. He also taught at the Academy in Kharkov after a stay in London in 1917. Back in Paris in 1921, he started to collect many Jewish art objects and took French citizenship in 1927. Two years later he traveled to Palestine to feel the air of the Holy Land. He exhibited his works in many Salons until 1939 and then sought refuge in the U.S during World War Two. Back again in Paris in 1945, Mane-Katz continued to work intensely producing in a joyful manner hundreds of rabbinical portraits and Judaic themes as if he wanted to partly fulfil his father's wish to see him become a rabbi.
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