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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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Habbah, Abraham
Birth - Death : 1928-1997
Nationality : French
Habbah produced sculptures with forks in a rather humorous way.
Haber, Shamai
Birth - Death : 1922-
Nationality : Polish then Israeli
Haber studied art in Tel Aviv between 1943 and 1947 and then settled in Paris in 1949. He produced a giant monument in Israel in 1962.
Hadad Brothers, Haim and Hagziel
Birth - Death : Established in 1965
Nationality : Israelis
The Hadad brothers have produced silver Judaica pieces in Israel.
Halevy, Leonie née Hannah
Birth - Death : ?-1884
Nationality : French
Leonie Halevy studied in Paris, under Fremiet and exhibited her works at the Paris Salon from 1877. She notably produced a marble bust of Halevy, a famous musician.
Hanft, Chaim
Birth - Death : 1899-1951
Nationality : Polish
Hanft was arrested in 1918 in Berlin as a result of his revolutionary activities. He went to Tashkent and Moscow during the 1920s and produced biblical sculpted relief pieces. Hanft was also inspired by Jewish traditions and Persian art during his short career.
Hannaux, Emmanuel
Birth - Death : 1855-1934
Nationality : French
Hannaux studied under A. Dumont, Thomas and Bonnassieux and received the second Prix de Rome in 1880. He exhibited his works at the Salon des Artistes Francais from 1878 and was awarded several prizes during his career.
Harkavy, Minna R.
Birth - Death : 1895-1987
Nationality : Estonian then American
Born in Estonia, Harkavy settled in America in 1900. She studied sculpture in Paris with Antoine Bourdelle and took part in exhibitions held at the Whitney Studio Club and the Jewish Art Center in New York. Expressing the plight of the American worker in her sculptures she joined other Jewish American artists in 1936 in sending works to a new museum founded in Birobidzhan, the Jewish autonomous region of the Soviet Union. She traveled to Paris in 1937 with fellow artists Isaac Lichtenstein and Frank C. Kirk, as the American representatives to the World Alliance for Yiddish Culture. On learning of the Nazi atrocities in Europe, Harkavy depicted in 1940 the suffering of her co-religionists in Expressionist portraits of Jews praying.
Harr, Bobby
Birth - Death : 20th- 21st Century
Nationality : American
Harr has been producing Jewish ritual objects in coloured glass.
Hatzofe, Emanuel
Birth - Death : 20th century
Nationality : Israeli
Hatzofe worked as a harbour pilot before taking to sculpture in the 1970s.
Hazan, Mordechai
Birth - Death : Active from the last quarter of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Hazan has been producing Judaica artifacts in the U.S.
Hebald, Milton
Birth - Death : 1917-
Nationality : American
Hebald studied sculpture in New York between 1931 and 1935 and worked there.
Hebroni, Joseph
Birth - Death : 1888-1963
Nationality : Israeli
Painter and Sculptor. Born in Palestine Hebroni studied art in 1906 at the Alliance Israelite Francaise and the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. The wealthy Benyehuda family enabled him to pursue his studies in Berlin, where he met Liebermann and Albert Einstein. The rise of Nazism forced him to seek refuge in France, where he worked under the influence of Maillol but faced difficult years. Hebroni returned with his wife to Germany after the Second World War and worked there until his death in Flensburg. According to his wish he was buried in the Jewish cemetery in Hamburg.
Hecker, Zvi
Birth - Death : 1931-
Nationality : Polish then Israeli
Sculptor. Hecker immigrated to Israel in 1950 before studying architecture in Haifa. He then studied painting as well as sculpture at the Avni Institute in Tel Aviv in 1956.
Hegye (Scheinberger), Gyorgy
Birth - Death : 1922-
Nationality : Hungarian
During the Second World War, Hegye was saved by a priest who sheltered him in Munkacs until 1945. He then studied art in Cluj and in Budapest and produced mosaic works.
Heimann, Shoshana
Birth - Death : 1923-
Nationality : German then Israeli
After she immigrated with her family to Palestine in 1933, Shoshana Heimann studied at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem between 1939 and 1941 and then under Rudi Lehmann from 1941 until 1946. She then completed her studies in Florence between 1946 and 1948 and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1958. She taught sculpture at the Tel Aviv Museum between 1972 and 1975 and at the Avni Institute and Ein Hod. Heimann also taught in Haifa after 1977 and took part in many exhibitions in Israel, Yugoslavia and Switzerland.
Heine, Ephraim Veitel
Birth - Death : ?-1775
Nationality : German
Heine produced medals and struck coins in Prussia.
Heller, Tova
Birth - Death : 1947-
Nationality : Israeli
Tova Heller studied art in Vienna and then worked in Jerusalem. Her sculptures have often referred to the Bible.
Heller, Yaacov
Birth - Death : 20th- 21st Century
Nationality : American
Born and educated in the U.S, Yaacov Heller, who set up a studio in Jerusalem, has been producing sculpture works based on biblical themes.
Herczeg, Klara
Birth - Death : 1906-1997
Nationality : Hungarian
Hertz, Harold
Birth - Death : Active from the last quarter of the 20th Century
Nationality : American
Hertz has been producing Judaica artifacts in the U.S.
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