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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 ...

Caplan, Irwin
Birth - Death : 1919-
Nationality : American
Painter. Caplan produced abstract works.
Caplan, Stephanie
Birth - Death : Active during the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : American
Caplan has been designing Ketubot Jewish marriage certificates
Capri, Jacopo
Birth - Death : 17th Century
Nationality : Italian
Born in Verona, Capri worked as a printmaker in Amsterdam.
Caram, Marina
Birth - Death : 1925-
Nationality : Brazilian
Caram worked in Sao Paulo and studied art in Paris, London, Argentina, Uruguay and Bolivia. She took part in many exhibitions abroad from 1953, notably in Israel.
Carasso, Dorit
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Painter. Carasso has been producing figurative symbolic works mixed with abstract forms.
Carel, Sari
Birth - Death : 1975-
Nationality : Israeli
Painter. Carel graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts in Jerusalem in 1996. She had her first solo exhibition at the Artists' Gallery in Tel Aviv.
Carmeli, Varda
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Varda Carmeli lived and worked as a painter in Latin America and in Spain. Her works are represented in many private collections in Israel and abroad.
Caro, Anthony
Birth - Death : 1924-
Nationality : British
Caro initially studied engineering before frequenting the Royal Academy of Art in London. He then taught sculpture at the St Martin School of Art between 1953 and 1979. Working as an abstract artist, he became Henry Moore's assistant between 1951 and 1953 and traveled to the U.S, where he discovered David Smith's works. Caro took part in many exhibitions from 1956, in London, Milan, New York and Paris. At the start, he worked under the influence of Rodin and then under that of Moore. Following his trip to the U.S, he decided to use steel as a medium rather than bronze or terracotta and then produced pieces under the influence of David Smith. Until 1974, Caro used to paint his steel works and eventually produced Minimalist pieces with more volumes. He then no longer painted his works preferring instead to obtain better effects with their patinas or rusty appearances. During the 1980s, he worked under the influence of Catalan artists such as Gaudi, Gonzales, Picasso or Miro and carved sensual abstract forms. Caro has been considered as the leader of the new sculpture school in England.
Caro-Delvaille, Henry
Birth - Death : 1876-1928
Nationality : French
Caro-Delavaille used to produce nudes and genre paintings, which he exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais from the end of the 19th Century.
Carp, Esther
Birth - Death : 1910-1970
Nationality : Polish
Esther Carp was born in Warsaw into a family of musicians. She studied painting in Vienna before settling in 1925 in Paris, where she was much impressed by the works of Sisley and Cezanne. She exhibited her paintings at the Salons des Artistes Independants, d'Automne and des Tuileries as well as with the Union of French Women from 1930. She returned to Poland but became paranoid and had to be treated in various hospitals. Esther Carp survived the war after remaining hidden in a cellar for four years and went back to Paris, where she suffered other bouts of her illness. Feeling persecuted most of the time, Carp was sent to a psychiatric hospital in 1963 and then treated in southern France.
Carrey, Jacques
Birth - Death : 1649-1726
Nationality : French
Carrey worked in Jerusalem around 1673.
Cartier-Bresson, Henri
Birth - Death : 1908-
Nationality : French
The works of Cartier-Bresson, a famous French photographer, were shown at the Jewish Museum in New York in March 2002.
Carvallo-Schulein, Suzanne
Birth - Death : 1883-
Nationality : French
Carvallo-Schulein produced landscapes, portraits and genre paintings. She worked and lived in Munich and exhibited Her works several times in Paris between 1907 and 1935.
Cashwan, Samuel Adolph
Birth - Death : 1900-?
Nationality : Russian
Cashwan came to the U.S with his family in 1906 and then studied at the School of Beaux-Arts under Bourdelle. He also exhibited his sculpture works at the Salon d'Automne in 1923. Cashwan lived in Detroit.
Caspari, Joseph
Birth - Death : 1952-
Nationality : Polish
Sculptor. Caspari has worked in Paris. He notably offered an aluminium piece for an auction sale held in Paris on November 28th 2002 in favour of the Appel Unifie Juif de France organisation.
Caspi, Mickie
Birth - Death : Active from the last third of the 20th Century
Nationality : American then Israeli
Caspi has been creating Judaic art since 1980, notably Ketubot marriage certificates
Cassas, Louis-Francois
Birth - Death : 1756-1824
Nationality : French
Cassas painted scenes relating to Palestine.
Castel, Moshe
Birth - Death : 1909-1992
Nationality : Israeli
Castel was the son of rabbi in Jerusalem whose ancestors had come to Palestine from Spain in 1492. He first studied at the Bezalel Academy between 1922 and 1925 and then lived between 1927 and 1940 in Paris, where he exhibited his Expressionist works several times. Back in Palestine at the outbreak of the Second World War, he co-founded the “New Horizons Group” in 1948 and then stayed in the U.S between 1951 and 1953. Working then as an abstract painter, he was awarded the Sao Paulo Biennial prize in 1959. Castel was much influenced by Jewish traditions and notably by Chagall and Soutine during his stay in Paris.
Castiglioni, Achille
Birth - Death : 1918-
Nationality : Italian
Sculptor. Castiglioni notably produced a Menorah.
Cauquil-Prince, Yvette
Birth - Death : Active during the 2nd half of the 20th Century
Nationality : French
Yvette Cauquil-Prince notably produced tapestries in 1969 for the Knesset in Jerusalem.
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