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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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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
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.
Palemonas, Janonis
Birth - Death : 1962-
Nationality : Lithuanian
Painter. He studied at the Wilno Academy during the early 1980s and exhibited paintings nearing abstraction in several countries.
Paley, Laurel
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : American
Painter and printmaker. Her work is usually large and often autobiographical.
Palmon, Ophir
Birth - Death : 1962-
Nationality : Israeli
Ophir produced artistic prints of Jewish weddings and Bar Mitzvoth in the U.S. He has particularly witnessed people in their elements, creating images that capture their inner thoughts and emotions, as well as the physical state they are in.
Pann (Pfeffermann), Abel
Birth - Death : 1883-1963
Nationality : Latvian
Pann's father was a rabbi who headed a yeshiva. At an early age he showed an interest in drawing and studied at an art school in 1898 in Odessa. He moved in 1903 to Paris, where he pursued his studies under William Adolphe Bouguereau. Pann's work soon gained him considerable recognition, winning him numerous medals and prizes and on one occasion his paintings were exhibited together with Renoir and Matisse. He also visited Odessa, Vienna and Palestine, where he stayed and taught at the Bezalel Academy between 1914 and 1918. He painted many Judaic scenes and notably illustrated the Bible, which was published in Jerusalem in 1924 and 1926. Pann settled permanently in 1920 in Palestine and established the first lithographic studio there. He took part in many exhibitions in Western and Central Europe during the 1920s and 1930s and produced several works relating to the Holocaust after the Second World War. This artist had a strong influence over many Israeli artists during his career.
Parhi, Yitzhak
Birth - Death : Active from the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Pascin (Pinkas), Julius Mordecai called Pascin
Birth - Death : 1885-1930
Nationality : Bulgarian then American
Born into a wealthy family of traders and bankers, Pascin turned his back to a comfortable life and chose instead to become an artist. He settled in Paris in 1905 after stays in Vienna, Munich and Berlin, where he worked as an illustrator for several newspapers, notably “Simplicissimus” and “Lustige Blatter”. He then studied with Matisse and befriended many artists such as Rudolf Levy, Derain, Kisling or Walter Bondy. Dressed as a dandy and much inclined to attend parties, he became a notorious figure in Montparnasse and Montmartre. It was after a trip to the U.S during the First World War and his marriage to Hermine David, whom he had met in 1905, that he produced numerous paintings, including many attractive erotic nudes, over a period of about 15 years. Back in Paris in 1920, Pascin, who had in the meantime acquired U.S citizenship, resumed a close relationship with Lucy Vidil, who had been his model 10 years earlier, but continued to frequent brothels and nightclubs. He still managed to work intensely and traveled to North Africa, Europe and the U.S and once thought about settling in Palestine. He however became depressive and finally committed suicide in his Paris studio. Considered as an important artist of the School of Paris Pascin was occasionally inspired by Judaic subject matter.
Pasternak (Bachi), Anna
Birth - Death : 1943-
Nationality : Israeli
Anna was the daughter of Italian artists Elena Colombo and Augusto Bachi. She started to paint at the age of eight and studied painting in 1962 at the Avni Institute for Painting and Sculpture in Tel-Aviv, under the instruction of Abstract Expressionist painters Streichman, Stematsky and Kahana.
Pasternak, Leonid Ossipovitch
Birth - Death : 1862-1945
Nationality : Russian
Pasternak attended the Odessa School of Drawing from 1879 until 1881 and then studied at the Moscow University and the Munich Academy. He made many trips to Europe between the 1890s and 1910s and underwent French and German Impressionist influences. After settling in Moscow in 1889, he turned to domestic themes, portraits and landscapes and exhibited with the World of Art in Saint Petersburg between 1901 and 1903 and before his election in 1905 to the Imperial Academy. After the Soviet Revolution, he adapted to the new society by creating political-historical paintings as well as several drawings of Lenin and other leading revolutionary figures, many of them Jewish. Pasternak moved to Berlin in 1921 and never returned to Russia. An invitation to accompany an exhibition to Palestine in 1924 resulted in a series of drawings and paintings of the area. Following his wife's death, he settled in Oxford, England. Boris, Pasternak's son, became a famous poet and writer acclaimed throughout the world.
Peiser, Hanna
Birth - Death : Active from the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Peled, Tsiyona
Birth - Death : Active from the last quarter of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Peltz, Tia
Birth - Death : 1923-
Nationality : Rumanian
Peltz produced portraits and some Jewish folk scenes during his career.
Penn, Yehuda (Yuri Moiseievich)
Birth - Death : 1854-1937
Nationality : Russian
Penn lived illegally for a year in Saint Petersburg after failing the entrance exam at the Imperial Academy of Arts. He was admitted in 1880 on his second attempt and then worked from 1891 until 1896 on the estate of Baron Korg near Kreisburg. The following year, Penn founded the School of Drawing and Painting in Vitebsk, the first Jewish academy of art in the Russian Empire. His presence began to inspire local Jewish youth to enter the art world. Over the next two decades, a steady stream of talented students passed through its doors, including Chagall, Lissitzky, Chashnik, Yudovin, Abel Pann, Benjamin Kopman, Zadkine, David Yakerson and Elena Kabishcher-Yakerson. Penn's own paintings generally focussed on domestic views of shtetl life. In 1919 he took part in the “First State Free Exhibition” in Petrograd as well as in the “First State Exhibition of Local and Moscow Artists” in Vitebsk. He also exhibited in Minsk in 1925, 1927 and 1930 and went on working in Vitebsk until he was murdered under mysterious circumstances. At least three hundreds of Penn's paintings, which had remained in storage at the State Museum of Art of Byelorussia during over 30 years, were rediscovered in the late 1980s.
Penther, Daniel
Birth - Death : 1837-1887
Nationality : Polish
Birth - Death : Active from the last quarter of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Painter. Pepa has exhibited her works in Jerusalem and in Paris.
Pepo, L. A.
Birth - Death : 1925-
Nationality : Bulgarian then Israeli
Painter. Pepo immigrated to Israel in 1949.
Perahim, Jules
Birth - Death : 1914-
Nationality : Rumanian
Perahim taught art in Bucharest from 1948 until 1956. He exhibited his works for the first time in 1932 and took part in several exhibitions from then on in Rumania and abroad. Working as a Surrealist painter, he settled in France in 1969.
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