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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.


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Zanger, Stephan
Birth - Death : Active from the last quarter of the 20th Century
Nationality : American
Zanger painted many portraits of rabbis during his career.
Zangwel, Jonasz
Birth - Death : Active during the first third of the 18th Century
Nationality : Polish
Jonasz Zangwel decorated synagogues in Poland.
Zangwel, Meir
Birth - Death : Active during the first third of the 18th Century
Nationality : Polish
Meir Zangwel decorated synagogues in Poland.
Zangwel, Samuel of Kepno
Birth - Death : ?- 1818 ?
Nationality : Polish
Samuel Zangwel produced decors in the synagogue of Konin.
Zanoni, Andrea
Birth - Death : 1669-1719?
Nationality : Italian
Zanoni painted some biblical scenes during his career.
Zarembo, Lea
Birth - Death : 1956-
Nationality : Russian then Israeli
Zarembo studied art in Georgia and published children books for the Moscow Youth Artist Society in 1979 of which she became a member before settling in Israel in 1990. She first exhibited her works in Moscow from 1981 until 1989 and in Israel afterwards. She was awarded the Ish-Shalom Prize in 1990.
Zaretsky, Dan
Birth - Death : 20th-21st Century
Nationality : Israeli
Painter.
Zaretzki, Dan
Birth - Death : 1938-
Nationality : Israeli
Sculptor. Zaretki studied sculpture with Rudi Lehmann and furthered his studies in Italy before working in the Artists' Village in Ein Hod.
Zarfati, A.
Birth - Death : Active from the last third of the 20th Century
Nationality : Israeli
Painter.
Zarfin, Faibich-Schraga Zarfin Sam called Zarfin
Birth - Death : 1900-1975
Nationality : Byelorussian then French
Zarfin was raised in Smilovitchi, near Minsk, and studied painting in 1913 at the Academy in Wilno. He however left the following year for Palestine, where he worked in a kibbutz and studied at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. He then fought with the British Army in 1918 and took part in an exhibition held in Jerusalem in 1920. Zarfin went in 1923 to Berlin and exhibited with Secessionist artists before settling in 1924 in Paris, where he worked as a painter on textiles and acquired French nationality in 1929. During the war the Nazis ransacked his studio, while he sought refuge in Lyons and then in Grenoble with his family. In touch with the French Resistance movement, Zarfin then had to move to a hiding place in the mountains before settling in Grenoble after the liberation of France.
Zaritsky, Joseph
Birth - Death : 1891-1985
Nationality : Ukrainian then Israeli
Born in the Ukraine, Zaritsky immigrated to Palestine in 1923 after studying art in Kiev and serving in the Russian army. Influenced by Pougny Puni
Zarka, Josiane
Birth - Death : Active from the last two decades of the 20th Century
Nationality : French
Painter. She notably offered a painting titled “Tubichvat” for an auction sale held in Paris on November 28th 2002 in favour of the Appel Unifie Juif de France organisation.
Zarnecki, Stanislaw (Goldfinger)
Birth - Death : 1877-?
Nationality : Polish
Zarnecki worked as a painter of portraits and landscapes.
Zarnower, Teresa
Birth - Death : 1895-1950
Nationality : Polish
Zarnower produced illustrations and sculptures and worked for various avant-garde magazines in Poland, before settling in the U.S in 1937. She exhibited Constructivist works at the Der Sturm gallery in 1923 in Berlin.
Zarnower, Teresa
Birth - Death : 1895-1960
Nationality : Polish
Zarnower settled in the U.S in 1937. She notably exhibited Constructivist sculpture works at the Der Sturm Gallery in 1923 in Berlin.
Zavadskiene, Elena
Birth - Death : 1943-
Nationality : Ukrainian
After graduating from the Art and Theatre Institute in Odessa she produced paintings under the influence of French Impressionism while working as a makeup artist for the Soviet film industry. It was during a stay in Lithuania that she decided to devote herself completely to painting. She had 15 solo exhibitions in Lithuania and one in Holland, besides taking part in several group shows abroad.
Zavadsky, Lidia
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Polish then Israeli
Zavadsky settled in Israel in 1961 and studied at the Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem before teaching there in 1965. She then became head of the Ceramics Department of this school in 1987. Zavadsky took part in several exhibitions showing ceramic works in Israel and abroad.
Zbrozyna, Barbara
Birth - Death : 20th Century
Nationality : Polish
Zbrozyna painted some works depicting Jewish scenes in Poland.
Zdanevich, Kyril
Birth - Death : 1892-1970
Nationality : Russian
Zdanevich studied in Tiflis under Sklifasovsky at the School of Painting and Sculpture and at the Academy of Arts in 1911. He then pursued his studies in Paris between 1912 and 1914. Back in Russia, he worked in Tatlin's studio known as “The Tower” and in 1919 headed the “41°” Futurist group, which he had co-founded with his brother Ilya. Zdanevich produced Cubist works with deep colours and also designed decors for theatrical plays.
Ze'ev
Birth - Death : 20th -21st Century
Nationality : American
Ketubot artist.
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